It’s the holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year—there are a lot of holiday parties, company get-togethers, and other networking events. It’s a stressful, busy, and complicated time of the year. Because of that, many job seekers take time “off” from actively seeking new opportunities. You may believe that everyone–including hiring managers–are also not working as diligently during the holidays—that is not the case. In fact, job seekers who search during the holidays will be more likely to secure a new position. Check out the tips below for more ideas!
Tip #1 – Networking Events are More Casual. During the holidays, events tend to be less formal and it may be easier to mention that you are seeking a new job opportunity. If you can, attend chamber of commerce events, fundraising opportunities, and volunteer at a local charitable organization. This is a great way to let people know that you are seeking new job opportunities while in a casual environment.
Tip #2 – Send Happy Thanksgiving or Happy New Year Cards. Instead of sending the traditional Christmas card, send a Thanksgiving Card or a Happy New Year Card. Do NOT ignore providing a thank you or note just because you think a thank you card or message will be ignored at this time of the year—that is not true.
Tip #3 – Relax and Enjoy Time with Family and Friends. Even though you may be actively searching for a new job opportunity through the holidays, it is also important to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. It’s vital that you take time to rejuvenate and relax while also focusing on the new year.
Remember—don’t take the holidays off when thinking about future career opportunities. A lot of job seekers decide to take a step back from searching during the holidays—DON’T DO IT. There is less competition, people are more relaxed, and the job market is as busy-as-ever during this time.
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