The holiday season is upon us. Time to ease off your job search, and reroute that focus toward friends and family, right? Wrong.
Now is an optimal opportunity for job seekers to stand out from that crowded candidate pool — to think like a business does. Companies’ hiring needs aren’t guided by seasonal calendars. Neither should yours. Here are a few reasons why you should add the job search to your list of holiday to-dos this month.
1. THERE’S LESS COMPETITION
We all need a break. And the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day seems like the most sensible time to take that much-needed breather — which is exactly why you shouldn’t. Some employers use the end of the year to budget in new roles that need to be filled, or create a short list of candidates for key personnel to interview. Place yourself ahead of the competition, and keep plugging away. You’ll be glad you did.
2. THE SURPLUS OF NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Not sure if you should attend those holiday parties or social events? Here’s a hint: go. To all of them. Amidst the cheer and chatter, feel free to slip your job search into the conversation — you never know where your next big lead will come from.
3. GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR
The demand for professionals to fill temporary jobs is the norm come the end of the year, and it’s not uncommon for those positions to transition into full-time roles — for the right candidates. Bottom line: treat all employment opportunities as a permanent job. An outstanding impression left on an employer may actually lead to one.
4. IT’S THE TIME TO CONNECT
The holiday season is when we’re most inclined to send cards and messages to friends, family and colleagues. Why not include your LinkedIn and other social media connections to that list? Use this opportunity to catch up, reestablish communication and, just maybe, find that perfect career move. Trust us — your bout of relaxation will feel even more deserved if you do.
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