Don’t Ignore Job Search Strategies Because It’s the Holidays

December 19, 2012

Networking, Offline Networking

Get Hired Fast - job search strategiesYour favorite radio station is playing Christmas songs 24 hours a day. You can’t stop in a department store without running into dozens of smiling Santa faces. Your street’s actually brighter at night thanks to the towering light display put on by your neighbor. Yes, it’s the holiday season. This doesn’t mean, though, that it’s time to give your best job search strategies a holiday break.

Many job seekers put their job hunting on hold until the second week of January. That’s actually a plus for you. Searching for a job is a bit easier when you have to deal with fewer competitors.

U.S. News & World Report recently ran a column by Alison Green providing advice to job seekers on how to job search during the holidays.

Here are some of Green’s tips:

Contact Your Networking Connections

As Green writes, the holidays are actually a great time to get back in touch with your business contacts. You can call them up to wish them a happy holiday season. You can send holiday cards and notes to former bosses, co-workers, past managers, and other contacts.

Make sure that your contacts really are about wishing these people a happy holiday season. But once you’ve done this, there’s nothing to stop you from giving these folks a call again once January rolls around. Now that you’ve reconnected, it’s time to ask these people for job hunting tips and industry advice.

Holiday Party Networking

Why not network during holiday parties? Green writes that these festive occasions are actually a great time to tell others that you are looking for a job. Remember, you never know who will be able to pass a hot job lead onto you. Maybe your uncle is friends with a human-resources worker at a key company in your field. You’ll never know if you don’t promote your job search efforts to others.

Show Your Flexibility

The holiday seasons are often hectic ones for companies. Many companies won’t have as many interview slots available during this time of year because high-ranking officials might be taking time off.

Show that you’re flexible, agreeable, and a team player by being willing to juggle your own schedule to make yourself available during one of the limited interview times companies have. You might even have to be willing to cut short a holiday trip. But it’s worth it to get a chance at a new job, right?

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