With Christmas and New Years just around the corner, it’s easy to want to hit the pause button on your job search. It’s common for people to take a break from the job hunt during this time, and that’s exactly why you shouldn’t.
The pool of applicants is diminished at this time, and you should take full advantage of that
In other words, your rivals slacking off at this time gives you a competitive edge and decreases any possibility that your application and efforts will go unnoticed. Applying now means it is more likely that your application will stand out, and potential employers might reward you for your diligence.
Additionally, people tend to be in a better mood during the holiday season; after all, it is a time of giving. You might luck out and catch an employer or hiring manager in a very good mood, courtesy of holiday cheer, and that can be your golden ticket into the corporate world.
The holidays are also a great time to expand your professional network by reconnecting with old friends and colleagues
Building relationships can be crucial to finding a new place of employment, and events like holiday parties are a good place to start. It’s important to remember that no one wants to feel like they’re at work during social events though, so you should be cognizant about coming on too strong. Be respectful of the space you are in and the intention of the event, but make sure to get the person’s contact information to follow up later.
If for some reason, the season passes and your search was not successful, remember that there is always a silver lining: at the very least, your search has already been catalyzed and you can carry that momentum into the new year. It’s easy to become discouraged when the results aren’t what we might have hoped for, but if you keep actively making an effort while others do nothing, by the time others start putting in the work you will be at the top of the list.
Temporary or seasonal employment is also an option at this time of year, even though it might typically not be
It’s important to take advantage of this opportunity. Even if you are looking for a longer term position this can be a good place to start, and who knows, maybe you’ll even get an offer to stick around. This is an opportunity to showcase your diligence.
If you continue to actively seek employment despite the holiday season, employers will understand that you are very serious about having a desire to work, and this may influence their hiring process. Ultimately, it shows you are committed, which is a positive trait to have in the office.
Employers might be easier to reach at this time of year
This means they will have greater flexibility for interviews and amplified time to consider your application. As a result, your odds of getting hired are also automatically boosted, and you can better connect with potential employers.
Ultimately, despite our initial intuitions, it’s important to consider shifting the paradigm in terms of job-seeking. It is more effective to be the black sheep of a movement than to jeopardize your odds of getting hired based on a desire to fit in with the crowd. Even if it’s not what others around you are doing, that is exactly why you should experience those things. Visit our blog for more tips on how to boost your job search, such as how to write a winning resume that will actually get you an interview and tips to help you land your next job if you’re over 40.
By Barbachano Staff
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