Friday, 18. November 2011
With Black Friday just one week away, and Christmas not far behind, it’s probably a good time to take a break from your job search, regroup and work on your professionally written resume, right?
Whether employed and looking to make a change in your career, or unemployed and looking for a job, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is probably one of the most opportune times to look for a job, for many different reasons:
Between mid-November and the beginning of January many managers may have a lighter work schedule, making it easier for you to get in contact with them. They may even be more receptive to taking your meeting or engaging you in conversation.
The final reason why the holiday season is a great time to look for a job is that companies are conducting their year-end budgets. You can help them allocate some of those funds, which they are desperately trying to spend, on recruitment and training for your new career.
You won’t have to change your job search tactics for the holidays, but there are some opportunities that you can take advantage of to help you with your search. Here are just a few:
Christmas parties and holiday functions can be a great chance to use your networking skills. Whether they’re business related or friend and family gatherings, it’s a good idea to have a bit of a spiel prepared to let your contacts know what exactly it is that you are looking for in a job. Who knows, maybe Uncle Jack’s neighbour’s son, who always comes over to helps shovel the walk in the winter, works in the very same company that you are hoping to work for.
The holidays are a great time to do some impromptu follow-up to those managers that you have recently interviewed with. Send them a Christmas card wishing them a happy holiday and thanking them for opportunity to interview with them. Oh, and don’t forget to include your business card.
If you are unemployed, underemployed, or just have some free time during the holidays, taking on some seasonal work can help with your job search by build upon your skill-set and expanding your networking circle. Not only does retail see an expansion in their workforce during Christmas time, but many temp agencies will also see an increase in workforce requests due to companies looking for temporary employees to fill in for vacancies caused by holiday vacations.
In the end, you shouldn’t give your resume a Christmas break, because even though interviewing process may be slower during the holiday season, it doesn’t come to a complete halt and neither should your job search.