As the holiday season rolls in, it’s common for jobseekers to get discouraged about finding a new job by the end of the year. Whether you are worried about hiring managers not having time to look at your resume, being too busy to submit an application, or are unsure of the hiring market at this time of year, rest assured that regardless of the season, employers recruit year round. Take a look at these tips on how to stay focused on your job search during the holidays.
- Attend parties – That’s right. More than any other time of year, the holidays are filled with parties and gatherings. Because we see people that we don’t get a chance to keep up with throughout the year it’s a great opportunity to expand your networking circle. The more parties and networking events you attend, the more people you have a chance to interact with. You can make good use of this time by talking to others about where you are in your career and where you would like to go. Oftentimes family and friends know about an open position or someone they can put you in contact with. Even if they aren’t aware of anything currently, you can bet that they’ll remember you the next time they hear of an opening.
- Volunteer your time – Volunteering your time with a non-profit or a local organization could turn into a career down the road. Companies notice someone who goes above and beyond—especially if they aren’t being paid. Whether you get your foot in the door as a part-time special event helper or as a non-paid intern, being consistent and striving to put in extra time and effort can pay off. Even if you aren’t hired to fill their next open position, it’s a great chance to expand your personal network and update your resume. Hiring managers value community involvement, so volunteering is a great way to stand out from the crowd.
- Set yourself apart – It seems everyone hits the pause button on their job search while frantically shopping for gifts or visiting family members. Be assured that companies are still looking for employees to fill their open positions regardless of the time of year. The competition does thin out during the holiday season, so take advantage of a higher chance of snagging that interview. With less resumes being sent to hiring managers and fewer qualified candidates, staying active in your job search during the holidays will provide you opportunities that others will miss.
- Utilize your down time – Use your downtime to strive for the position you’ve always wanted. Instead of watching that same holiday movie for the third time this season, invest your time into something that will benefit your job search. Self-improvement can start with developing a new skill, updating your resume, or planning a networking opportunity – anything that makes you more marketable as a jobseeker is worth the effort.
Hiring doesn’t stop just because a few holidays are all bunched together at the end of the calendar—and neither should you! Visit our job board to see if any of our open positions match your skillset.