The assumption is that hiring slows down over the holidays. However, our database, which holds a decade of hiring histories specific to ophthalmology, optometry, and optical, shows no signs of seasonality. Thousands of job seekers are still active during November and December, and plenty new jobs are being posted too.
This might be because on average it takes three months to hire in eye care. Smart hiring managers realize that if they want to hire at the start of the year, it’s vital to begin the hiring process early. Follow these steps to continue a strong search this holiday season.
Find Job Opportunities
You’ll save hours of work by focusing in on industry-specific job boards. For example, on our site, you can browse thousands of eye care jobs by role, without seeing all the junk and ads you’d find on a site that aggregates free job listings, most which are probably irrelevant to you.
To save even more time, sign up for job alerts and jobs will simply appear in the email you check every day.
These steps make it possible for you to job hunt, while not missing out on anything else.
Analyze Job Descriptions
Perhaps, with certain members of the hiring staff taking holiday vacations, you might not be interviewing until 2018, however, that provides extra time to prepare. Use the opportunity to your advantage by taking inventory of the skills needed for the role you want. This would be a great time to take a continuing education course or certification. Investing in skill building shows employers that you are very motivated. It’s also a great talking point in an interview, even if you haven’t yet fully completed the program.
Get the Scoop on the Company
In addition, you’ll also have time to research the company. Review social media pages to get a sense of the company’s culture and values. You could also use social networks like LinkedIn to see if you could connect to a current employee. Current staff could answer you questions, give you some interview advice, or maybe even refer you for the role. Anything you do to become informed on the company will give you a competitive edge. The holidays provide this nice cushion where you have time to do your research, and still get your application in on time.
Although we don’t see this trend in eye care, most people do believe that no one is hiring during the holidays. Unfortunately, this won’t mean that you’re the only job seeker on our site. However, you can still stand out by responding to emails right away and making yourself available for phone calls or interviews immediately. This would be an edge over your competition, who could liked be checked out.
The best part about job seeking during the holidays is that you’ll be sure to get your 2018 off to a great start! Now is the time to land your dream job. Being happy at work, or hitting your compensation, career level, or work schedule goals, will be the best gift you can give yourself.