Job hunting over the Thanksgiving Holiday

It’s Thanksgiving week in the states and the books say we are at just under 8% for (unemployment + under-employment). Now is the time most choose to focus on family. But what if focusing on family means you are focusing on what’s best for your family, and you’ve decided that means getting a job..

Let’s look at some data from AAA. 51 million (or 16% of the US population) are traveling this Thanksgiving Holiday, presumably to see family. Keep in mind, the average work-week has nearly 13 million US passengers in airplanes and we took 457 million business trips by this time last year. Combine that with reports that we are at the lowest overall unemployment rate since the year 2000. So the economy is the best since the crash of March 2000? 26 million of us might feel differently because we’ve been either out of work for an extended period of time, we’re experiencing wage inequality or we can’t get a full time job. 

We have options on how to think about this week, let’s examine a few: “I’ve been trying to get a job but I’ll take a break for this week.” < Consider this: US workers are taking less vacation than ever and 33% of all US LinkedIn profiles are recruiters and sourcers (just the ones who use LinkedIn). You may want to consider the possibility that this will could give you an opportunity unlike any other week until Christmas. Maybe these recruiters, who decided to keep trying to find someone like you this week, are hoping you’ll stay engaged so they can get you on the phone.

Next: “I’m employed but I want a better job in early 2018.” < If you believe the news, 2018 is going to be more prosperous than 2017. I’m not necessarily in this camp but if there’s a great job to get in early 2018 and you’re aware of it, Thanksgiving week is a perfect opportunity to bring your focus into what you need to do to go out and win that job.

Or: “I have a bad feeling I may be laid off in the first half of 2018.” < If the company / business unit you work for is suffering, the future may look bleak and that could cause stress you just don’t need, on top of what you’re already dealing with. What a tough decision. None of us really ever know for how long we’ll be employed, especially in at-will states. My best advice in this situation is for you to make sure you have your resume(s) up-to-date. Maybe this week is a good opportunity for you to catch up with yourself, sort-out all the value you have on paper. If you can get yourself organized during the break and find yourself ready to come at December 2017 into 2018, you’ll appreciate not having to rush if the rumors of a bad spell at your company materialize into action.

Whatever your story is, we at Recommnded wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Please visit our job board to see if one of our clients have a job you’d love to apply for. We’re here to support you!

David Brennan