We’re moving into the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year’s holidays. Many job seekers use this opportunity to put off their job search until January, and then just enjoy the downtime. This is a mistake. The end of the year can be a great opportunity to review your career goals and current job search campaigns, and get ahead of the January employment rush.
Take advantage of the holiday season to increase your chances of finding a job.
- Continue to look at job postings and make contact on social media. Employers and recruiters often have to fill vacancies by December 31, or at the very least are actively searching. Your diligence in continuing the job search can make a difference, even though your competitors might be getting ready to go on holiday. This will increase your chances of being found in a smaller pool of applicants. You might also be able to attract potential employers who are not willing to wait until January to hire.
- It is a great time to reflect on your career and personal goals at the end of the year. Although New Year resolutions are not uncommon, people have a poor record of achieving them. Instead of setting resolutions only to realize that they are not being met 3-4 months later, make a job search plan that is realistic, achievable, and quantifiable. Your plan should be written down and used to help you find great jobs in the new year.
- Make the most of the many events, parties, dinners, and other opportunities that are available. You will be spending the holidays with people you care about. Make every effort to reconnect with friends, family, colleagues and to make new connections. These contacts can be used after January to find job leads and get suggestions on how you market yourself to potential employers. Because it opens up opportunities for “hidden” jobs or positions not yet advertised, networking is the best way to find a great job. You will also build relationships that will be beneficial for you in the future.
Holidays can be a time of good cheer but also a time to establish a solid foundation for your job search campaign, or getting a jump start on finding a great job.