Every year, I remind people that hiring does not stop for the holidays. It’s a perceived notion that no one makes hiring decisions after Dec 10th. This is not true most years and it will not be true this year.
The thing that typically gets in the way of hiring in December is decision maker’s travel and vacation itineraries and frankly, holiday obligations. Wining, dining and corporate parties all take time on the calendar. This year, there will still be holiday parties but they will be shorter and require no travel time. They also will probably not induce the same kinds of hangovers as the usual in person soirees.
As leaders recognize that our current work patterns will continue into next year, hiring decisions that they have been putting off, are going to become more pressing.
There are quite a few industries that are hiring vigrourously – you just have to look for them.
- Software companies that provide anything to do with office communications
- Online Retailers like Amazon and Wayfair
- Food manufacturing and grocers
- Home exercise equipment and online exercise classes and nutrition coaching
- Household products that clean and beautify
- Gaming/Streaming/Online Entertainment
As the companies in theses spaces grow, they need people in all areas of the business. Grocers don’t just hire cashiers. They also need people in product development, distribution, finance, HR and all the other departments.
Don’t assume that because you are not a gamer or an engineer, that there would not be a place for you in a gaming organization. I am sure there are plenty of people who can’t drive who work at Uber and overweight people who work at Peleton.
These can be great places to take your career right now. The skills and experiences you gain in a fast growth company are amazing and often come with lucrative pay, perks and bonuses.
So, if you need or want a new role to be in your future, roll up your sleeves and take off the blinders. There is lots going on. You just have to find it.