The same goes for acquaintances, says Polhemus, who advises job seekers to use their natural intellectual curiosity to make the most of every potential networking encounter.
"Don't necessarily look at every social situation as a job interview, but certainly be inquisitive. Ask people to talk about what they do, what their roles are, their work background and their company. Especially if you're going through a career change or looking to move into a new position, it's a great way to start networking and seeing what sparks your interest and matches up with your skills," says Polhemus.
Recruiters Are More Available
If you act now you'll be facing decreased competition, says John Sullivan, an HR thought leader, author, speaker, consultant and a professor of management at San Francisco State University.
Top-performing recruiters are pushing hard to fill open positions, many projects stall, hiring managers are increasingly available and almost everyone who's hiring is increasingly receptive to phone calls and outreach, says Sullivan. "The best time to recruit is when others are idle and when the candidates are most available and receptive," Sullivan says.
You Should Jump Start Your IT Job Search for 2015 Now
Remember that you're only looking for one job, says Rick Gillis. In his own experience, Gillis believes the prime hiring season for businesses takes place in January, February and March, and so the time for candidates to ready themselves is now.
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