November and December are hectic holiday months and most job seekers put their search on hold. Don’t fall for the – it’s a bad time of year to interview myth. Get your resume in front of employers. Recruiters and hiring managers are in a rush to get their jobs filled before the end of the year so they’re fully staffed in January.
Despite the challenges of the season, job hunting during the holidays can be successful because employers are hiring. Your competition might put their search on hold, meaning fewer candidates in the mix and gives you a better chance. While they’re not looking, you should push your search harder and take advantage of the candidate lull of November and December.
So what can you do be find a new job during the holidays? Try these tips:
Use the holiday mood to your advantage and network – Connect (or reconnect) with associates and friends on LinkedIn and Facebook and see how they’re doing and let them let know you’re searching for a new opportunity.
Stay Focused – it’s easy to get distracted but stay organized and focused. Be sure to track your resume submits, interviews, follow-up and thank you notes. And remember people tend to be in a better mood so use that when you contact them.
Be flexible – you might have to accommodate hiring managers and recruiters busy schedules because of holiday vacations, parties and meetings. So be flexible and prepared to interview when they ask.
Holiday events and parties – are fun and excellent for networking. They are great times to meet new people and network. The holiday is a good ice breaker. However, be careful not to make your job search all that you talk about. Connect with people on a personal level that makes all the difference.
Reach out to Recruiters – maybe you contacted a recruiter back in the fall or late summer but haven’t been in contact recently, drop them an email or send a holiday card. Remind them about you and what you’re looking for. This contact might result in a phone call and information about a new position.
The Basics – not matter what time of the year – a well written resume is always vital to standing out and moving forward in the hiring process. If you choose to send a cover letter, be sure it’s sells your skills and why you’re a good choice. And be sure you social media footprint is professional.
The holiday season is excellent time to job hunt. Stay positive and upbeat and enjoy the advantage.
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