On the contrary, this could be an optimal time to gain an advantage, while other job seekers are distracted or taking some time off. Moreover, many companies budget on an annual basis and are pressing meet year-end deadlines and be fully staffing come January 1. Hiring managers report that it’s not uncommon for key decision makers to be called in during their year-end vacations to meet with short-listed job candidates.
For those who persist in their job hunt during November and December, additional opportunities that arise may be well worth the effort. Here’s how to make it happen:
Use the Holidays as an Ice Breaker
If you do land an interview at this time of year, holiday topics are an easy way to break the initial awkwardness of meeting someone for the first time. You can chat about how busy it is at the mall, making airline reservations or the hottest gift items and local events.
Seasonal Events are Great Networking Opportunities
Don’t hesitate to accept those holiday invitations – and use get-togethers and functions as venues to mention your career search. Valuable connections can happen in even the most unlikely places.
- If you know someone who works or has a contact at one of your target employers, make a point of reaching out to them. Approach them at an event, call them, or send a culturally-appropriate holiday card.
- This is a great time to reestablish old connections. Get back in touch with former bosses, coworkers, roommates, school buddies, neighbors, church members and others. Think of people you genuinely like and have lost touch with in recent months or years. Track them down via social media or other means and reestablish your relationship.
- Use your downtime wisely. If you have vacation time to use up, schedule informational interviews or networking meetings. But also take time for yourself. Relax, reconnect with loved ones, and balance your personal and professional commitments so you can truly enjoy the season.
As 2014 winds down, why not start your New Year’s career resolution early and call a recruiter from PrideStaff Modesto? We’ll partner with you so you can treat yourself to a great holiday gift: the prospect of landing your ideal job. Can you think of a better way to enjoy the season?