2016 is coming.
That may not have sounded as ominous as when Ned Stark warned of Winter, but when you're a Job Seeker currently dwelling within the realm of the in-between, it may seem just as perilous if you didn't get the career you craved for Christmas. With all that holiday spending, employment in the New Year is probably sounding like a go-to resolution. While many may take time off the job hunt during the season, you can jingle all the way to one you love by taking advantage of these tips:
- Gain an advantage over the competition
It’s a common misconception that companies aren’t hiring during December, so conventional wisdom tells Job Seekers to take time off during the holidays. When you submit your resume, the crowd of candidates is thinner, allowing you to stand out from the rest of the crowd even more.
- Network at events
Holiday parties are prime prospecting events. Use parties, family gatherings, receptions, community activities and other special events as a way to connect or reconnect with those who can aid you in your job search. You never know who you might meet to help you along the way.
- Send a greeting
Your felicitations needn’t be reserved for family and friends. Consider sending season’s greetings via holiday cards to former co-workers, bosses, clients, vendors and other such connections of a professional nature. Not only are you nurturing your network, you’re also ingraining yourself within theirs, heightening your chances of uncovering any potential job leads.
There’s never a bad time to establish and cultivate your professional identity. Volunteering during down time allows you to hone skills at a place of interest that can help those in need and your resume.
- Start the New Year off motivated
Perhaps most importantly, revving up your job search during the holidays means you don’t slow to a standstill. Job searching can be frustrating, but when you keep your momentum up when others turn theirs down, the diligence will take you into the New Year with a mental leg up over the competition.
The only thing that should be put on the back burner this holiday season is the pot of carrots. Don’t let the stress of the season divert you from finding a great career opportunity.
Side note: Winter is coming April 2016.