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It’s that time of year – and we’ve had more requests than ever before to again revisit why December may be the best time to conduct a job search.

Perhaps your thinking: Now? No sense looking now; everybody knows that no one hires in December.

Contrary to widespread belief, December can actually be one of the best months to conduct a job search. Here’s five reasons why:

1. Less Competition: Since so many people believe December is a bad month to look for a job, they don’t actively search during that month. Hence, there is less competition from other job seekers, and potential employers have more time to consider those who do apply for positions.

2. More Access: “Everybody” does not go away for the December holidays. On the contrary, many managers are both catching up on unfinished business and are getting ready for the new year. Many human resources directors are working on staffing plans for the coming year, and are more attentive to personnel matters than they usually are. Thus the last month of the year can be the best month of all to get access to key people.

3. The Giving Season: As people get in the spirit of the year-end holidays, they tend to be more disposed toward helping others. There may not be a huge swing in this direction, but even a little increased openness by hiring managers works in favor of applicants.

4. January Hires: January is often one of the biggest months of the year for hiring. However, individuals who are hired in January usually are not the people who waited until then to start their job searches. Those hired in January are often people who were actively pursuing leads in December. (We’ve worked with job applicants who had critical interviews on Christmas Eve or during the last week of the year.)

5. The January Rush: A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions to change jobs. In January, therefore, the market becomes more saturated with job seekers. If you put off your search until after the December holidays, you’re likely to have to compete with a bigger (and possibly more determined) crowd in January. You also risk losing psychological job-search momentum around Thanksgiving, and you may not get into high gear until mid-or-late January. That means, obviously, that a job seeker can actually lose two months, not just one, by suspending activity in December.

Did you know that between 2000 and 2010, the number of 55 to 64 year-olds in the workplace, increased by more than 50%? At the same time, the number of people 35 to 44 in the workplace decreased by about 10%. An enormous difference.

None of us is as old as we thought we’d be when we got to the age we are now. Overall mental and physical health, vitality… We’re able to stay productive and active in our lives and in the workforce longer.

There’s more good news! Click here to watch an 11 minute video of Tom presenting Good News for Gray Hairs: Marketing Yourself After 50.

Recently, Career Management Associates‘ partner David Ciullo interviewed MORRIS ASSOCIATES INC. the new radio show, HR Power Hour. Designed to provide executive decision-makers with valuable insight on a variety of human resource management topics critical to business success, the HR Power Hour airs live, each Saturday on News Talk WLOB, 1310 AM.

On September 8, 2012, in the HR Power hour segment titled, “The How’s and Why’s of Retreat Facilitation,” Tom addressed the following questions:

• Why do firms/organizations do off-site retreats?

• What are some of the specific themes or topics they want to hold retreats for?

• What do they expect to get from off-site retreats?

• How do they measure ROI?

• Who usually attends off-sites?

• Where do they hold them?

• What do you recommend to anyone thinking of doing an off-site? About process? About facilities? About length?

• When you are planning a retreat with an organization what is the process you use? What are questions you ask them? What are key deliverables you’re trying to develop in the planning process?

To listen to Tom’s HR Power Hour segment, “The How’s and Why’s of Retreat Facilitation,” click here.