Many people believe job searching between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is unadvisable, but contrary to popular opinion, this is a great time for job seekers.
Companies don’t just stop working during the holiday season. They don’t stop doing business, and given the tough economic climate, those that are hiring are being proactive to get key employees on board. Plus, you’ll have an advantage over other job seekers, because many people decide not to look for jobs at this time of year.
Here are some important tips on how to search for jobs during the holiday season:
Many companies try to hire candidates before the end of the year, so it is important to remain flexible during the interview process. Hiring managers and other interviewers will be out of the office for different events, personal time and holiday activities. If you demonstrate you can work around these speed bumps, that will bring you closer to a job offer.
Stay Focused On Your Social Media Accounts
Make sure you update your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts to let all of your contacts know you’re searching for a new job. Check them regularly. Not only are you connecting with people directly, this could be helpful in finding networking events.
Attend Networking Parties Or Events
Speaking of networking events, there are plenty of opportunities at this time of year. If you are attending a holiday social event, it is definitely appropriate to mention that you are job searching. Accept all the invitations you receive, both personal and professional. You never know who may be able to help. Friends and family, as well as business acquaintances are typically more than happy to assist. Always have business cards on you — that give your name, phone number, email address, and even the URL of your LinkedIn profile — so you can hand them out.
Send Holiday Cards
Reach out to employers or networking contacts by sending a holiday card. If you have recently interviewed with someone, send him or her a hand-written holiday card, by mail, to thank him or her for taking the time out of a busy schedule to meet with you. You should also send cards to networking contacts, recruiters and employers you have interviewed with — it’s a pleasant way to connect with those who can help with your job search.
Relax and Enjoy
During this time of year, it’s also important to take some time for yourself and your family and friends. The holiday memories you make will linger much longer than the memories of the resumes you sent or the cover letters you wrote.