Pro tips for Job Searching During the Holiday Season
The holiday season is usually one full of good cheer, laughter, get-togethers with family and friends, and…for-hire notices?
If you’re caught between work and play, the job search can start to wear you down. During the holidays, it starts to feel even more grueling and takes away a little of the magic in the air. But don’t worry – your experts at MJW Careers have a few tips to help you keep up your spirits and leave you with plenty of time for business and pleasure.
Stick to a schedule
It might seem odd at first, but creating a schedule that you can easily stick to while you job search can sometimes be the difference between finding the right fit and settling for the sake of time and resources. Set aside a 30-minute block of time each day, around the same hour if at all possible, and make that your job hunt time. You can even make things more efficient by bookmarking your favorite boards and sites, making it faster and easier to access the resources you know are more likely to give you useful query results.
Send your regards
All of the greetings popping up in both your professional and personal inboxes can be difficult to keep track of. It’s no different for potential employers! But when someone takes the time to wish another a happy holiday season (and maybe check in on a certain open position before everyone checks out of the office for a little vacation time), a considerate professional will take note and reply in kind. This is a great opportunity for you as an applicant to follow up with hiring managers and get an even better feel for the company culture than you might have been able to ascertain even during a formal interview!
In the new year, so many people who are unhappy with where they are professionally will resolve to look for better opportunities elsewhere – how many of them actually go through with it remains to be seen. But while the holidays are still going on, it’s a great time to throw your hat in the ring for open positions. In doing so, you’re more likely to be one of the first to apply, and you’ll show initiative and forethought right off the bat. And is there any better gift for your future boss than to hit the ground running with a stellar attitude and work ethic?
The job searching process can be a long, drawn-out one full of ifs and maybes that are enough to fry anyone’s nerves. So if you’re stuck between jobs this holiday season and diligently looking to bridge that gap, remember to also give yourself a break now and then to enjoy the festivities going on around you. Positivity is one of the things that will help you find success in the search for your ideal job, and you certainly don’t want to be the next Grinch by the time you and your loved ones sit down to Christmas dinner.
For more job searching tips, stay tuned to our blog, or contact us for help writing up your resume and prepping for your next interview!