Holiday Job Search Tips
By Jaime Watt, Employment Consultant, Thornhill Employment Hub
It’s December; Time to Give up on Your Job Search until January Right? Wrong!
Don’t Quit Your Job Search
Many people believe that employers stop hiring during the holidays so they stop looking. Businesses, however, typically set their budgets for next year in the fall, and will begin filling openings that start in January. For some employers it is also a slower time of the year and it gives them the chance to take the time to hire new candidates. With so many job seekers out of the running, these companies tend to receive fewer applications during the holiday season, which improves the odds that a candidate with a strong résumé will get called for an interview.
Many people do choose to put their job search on hold-so if you continue yours, think of the advantage you have-there is far less competition this time of year. In addition, recruiters are still working during the holiday season and are still looking for qualified candidates.
Use Holiday Events to Network
What better time to network than during the holidays! Though we may feel like crawling into a hole and hiding out until the spring, the holidays create the perfect opportunity to get out there and network. Practice your “Elevator Pitch” and don’t forget your networking cards!
For more information check out this great article on Holiday Networking from About.com:http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/holidaynetworking.htm
Send a Holiday Card to People in Your Network and Those Who Have Helped You
Take a moment to thank the people who have helped you in your job search. Send a good old-fashioned holiday thank you card. It's worth taking the time to thank the people who have referred you to job openings, those who have given you a recommendation on LinkedIn, and even those who have provided moral support along the way. It’s also a good way to stay in touch with your connections. If you do not have their address, reach out to people via LinkedIn and email to say thanks.
Be Available For Interviews
Since many hiring managers may be in a crunch to hire before the New Year, be flexible with interviews. They may come at times when you’d rather be out shopping, or when the kids are home for vacation, but remember, the early bird catches the worm!
Be Positive and Enjoy the Season
Remember, looking for work is a full-time job itself. Take time to relax and enjoy the holiday season as well!