While many consider the end of a year the proper time to wind down, Travis Medley at Bitesize Bio says that job-seekers would be remiss to ignore the holiday hiring "rush" that often occurs in the fourth quarter, the period in which "many staffing firms have their strongest months." According to Medley, many companies intensify their employee searches at the end of the year.

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