Urban legend has it that corporate budgets for the year have already been expended and the hiring process all but stops in December. Not so! While you may be tempted, do not put your job hunt on ice. Even in those companies where hiring is temporarily frozen, networking and interviewing continues unabated in order to lay the groundwork for a rush of job offers going out when the new budget year arrives in January.
Remember that about 80 percent of all new hires are the result of someone knowing someone else through personal networking. And because there are so many parties, gathering and events of all kinds in December, this is the high season for networking your way into a new job.