During the holiday season, it’s tempting to put your job search on hold and just make it next year’s resolution. But hiring doesn’t stop during November and December.
Think again. If you use the right approach and techniques, this can be a great time to find the position you’ve been looking for.
Many businesses typically have just finished their 2017 budgets and are set to fill openings that take effect January 1. Yet, with many candidates taking a break, these companies tend to receive fewer resumes at this time of year. It’s all about numbers and odds. And, as businesses experience their own seasonal “lulls,” decision makers may be more accessible and receptive to meeting prospective hires.
Have a Holly Jolly – and Productive – Season
The best gift you can give yourself is a great new job for the New Year. Here are some tips for getting a holiday jump on the competition:
Spread the word.
Holiday gatherings are great venues to tap into your network and make new connections. Go to as many events as you can – and don’t be a wallflower. Get out there and spread the word about your career plans. You can do the same thing as you send holiday cards and electronic greetings. Enclose your business card and don’t hesitate to ask for advice or guidance.
Clean up (and jazz up) your social media presence.
Update your LinkedIn profile. Use Twitter to follow colleagues, and begin tweeting about industry developments, with your own personal insights. Sanitize your Facebook and other accounts so recruiters don’t find anything embarrassing or damaging to your brand image. Consider creating separate business social media identities, to be used solely for connecting with other professionals.
Set a schedule.
As you allow time for shopping, wrapping, religious observances and other seasonal plans, also make it a point to schedule job hunting time. Set aside specific time periods – and stick to them, no matter what. For every casual gathering with friends, plan to attend a networking-oriented function, as well. By setting specific goals and deadlines, you will resist the temptation to let up when things get busy or distractions occur.
Look into temporary positions.
Often, companies have seasonal hiring needs due to year-end crunch periods or a larger-than-usual number of employees using vacation time. This is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Many philanthropic organizations ramp up during the holidays. Volunteering is an excellent way to network, as well as fill the gap that unemployment may otherwise leave on your resume.
Perfect your elevator pitch.
This is the strong, succinct statement that describes you and your current career goal. You can use it at holiday social gatherings, and then continue to update it as your search unfolds. You never know when you may need it! Be ever ready to present yourself in the best possible light.
As you develop and implement your successful job search strategy, consider partnering with the PrideStaff Modesto team. Read our related posts or contact us today for more information. And Happy Holidays!