Many job seekers think there is no point to searching for a job during holiday season. After all, everyone knows that work tends to slow down around the holidays when companies are holding office parties and workers are out shopping for gifts.
But taking a break from your job search could be a big mistake. By not continuing your job search during this time, you could miss opportunities to network and to make yourself known to employers before January, which is when many employers get serious about hiring.
Here are answers to some questions that will help you conduct a holiday job search:
What are some unique approaches that work well during the holidays?
Use holiday gatherings for networking. You may be invited to community celebrations such as an end of year event sponsored by your condo association or homeowners association. This is a great time to get to know your neighbors better and find out if any of them are willing and able to help you with your job search.
Modify your job search schedule for the holidays, but don’t stop looking. You will probably spend less time during the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas on your job search, but you should still continue your efforts even if you are not spending as much time as you normally would. By modifying your schedule you will be realistic about how much time you can actually spend on your search without ignoring your job search altogether and waiting for the new year to kick start your search.
How is looking for a job different during the holidays?
It’s very easy to get off track and justify suspending your search by thinking that no employer is going to hire near the end of the year anyway. And the truth of the matter is that there is usually less hiring activity for full-time, permanent positions during the holiday season. (Of course this doesn’t hold true for seasonal jobs.) It’s harder to stay motivated with your job search when everyone else is in a festive mood, and work is something most people don’t want to focus on.
What are some advantages to looking for a job right now?
There are usually fewer people looking for jobs during the holiday season. Most people believe that there is no point to conducting a job search now because employers won’t start hiring until after the new year. But this is an excellent time to network and hunt for new employment precisely because most employers won’t start hiring until after the new year. By becoming known now, job seekers can position themselves to be on an employer’s short list when they are deciding who to call in for interviews.
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