Many job seekers stop looking for a job during the holidays because they think businesses aern’t hiring. Although things can slow down a little, many businesses are still actively looking for and hiring job candidates! Most importantly, as a job seeker, it doesn’t mean that you need to slow down! In fact, the holiday break can be a great time to give your job search a boost.
Some job search activities you can focus on during this time include:
(1) Goal-setting. If you haven’t established clear goals for yourself and for your career, now is a good time to put together a plan for the upcoming year. Ideally, your goals should be realistic, measurable, and achievable. The first step of goal setting is to write an overall goal statement of what you would like to accomplish as part of your job search. Next, identify challenges you are currently facing in achieving this goal, and then brainstorm solutions that will help you overcome these challenges. Finally, identify your immediate and long-terms goals and write down the action steps needed to accomplish each of these goals. Now, put your plan into action!
(2) Network, network, network. The holidays are a great time to connect with people in your network. Use this opportunity to connect with your contacts online, including LinkedIn, and wish them Happy Holidays! Take advantage of networking in-person at holiday parties and events.
(3) Holiday cards. Send holiday/New Year’s cards to potential contacts, your colleagues and to your network. You can also consider sending them to recruiters and people you have interviewed with. It’s a good opportunity to reach out and say hello.
(4) Update your resume/cover letter. If you aren’t getting as many interviews as you’d like, now may be a good time to review these documents. Make sure your resume and cover letter do an effective job at highlighting your strengths and accomplishments, and ensure the formatting and look and feel is professional and is easy to read.
(5) Improve your brand. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, use this time to create a profile. Or if you already have a LinkedIn account, update your profile and make sure it includes your most recent work experience, as well as a professional photo. Also consider updating your content on Twitter and Facebook so that you have a strong online brand presence.
(6) Be available. Many job seekers decide to take a complete break during the holidays. Don’t be one of these people! Often times, they miss the opportunity to interview because they aren’t around. If you are around and are available, you may just be able to take advantage of any interview or networking situations.
The holiday season is a wonderful time to connect with friends and family, but it is also a great time to ramp up your job search!