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Holiday Job Hunting is a Gift – Part 1

This happens every year at this time of year…and it just happened again this week!

I have an executive-level client knee-deep in a major job search, and she was toying with the idea of putting everything on hold until after the New Year. If you are thinking the same thoughts, making the same assumptions, and about to commit the same mistakes, you must keep reading!

No question about it, this is a busy time of year…some would even say an insanely busy time of year which is why most job seekers put their job-seeking efforts on ice until January 2nd. They take time off when they should be making the most of this time. Many believe the myths that no one hires during the holidays, and that everyone takes a break from business to focus on family and festivities. Don’t fall into this trap.

The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is a successful job search. Use this time of year to your advantage and start the New Year off with a new job. Navigating a job search is never easy.

Here are 5 of the top 10 reasons why now is not the time to abandon your job search. (5 more in Part 2)

1. Less Competition.

Many job seekers take a break during the holidays, which means your competition for job opportunities is a fraction of what it is during the rest of the year. Fewer applications mean a greater chance of your resume getting noticed and rising to the top of the pile.

2. Tight Deadlines.

Many organizations need to make critical hiring decisions by December 31st in order to meet their approved budget deadlines and allow the new employee start in early January. Their sense of urgency to complete the hiring process by the end of the year is a great advantage to job seekers.

3. Better Networking.

There are an abundance of parties and social gatherings, otherwise known as prime networking opportunities. Keeping that in mind will help keep the drinking to a minimum. Remember, even if it’s a party, you’re still working.

4. More Time.

Things are usually slower at work, and if you’re an employed job seeker, it gives you more time to look for a new job. Take a few extra minutes on your breaks to browse internet job sites, research companies, and send out resumes. However, be aware that many employers track internet use.

5. Feeling Social.

People are filled with the holiday spirit, are more relaxed, and are more willing to answer their own phones, return emails, and get together for coffee and cocktails. Take the initiative and make some plans.

It’s hard to imagine adding one more thing to your holiday plate, but there is still plenty of room for a job search. Even if you only send out a few resumes, or only add a couple of new connections on LinkedIn, the goal is to not abandon your job search completely. Celebrate not only the holiday season, but also the small successes you’re making towards your job search.

Even while the eggnog is flowing, the lights are twinkling, and your neighbors are caroling, it’s critical to stay focused and engaged in your job search. It’s possible, and strongly recommended, to enjoy the holidays and to conduct a positive and successful job search at the same time. Give yourself the best gift of the season…a brand-new job. ‘Tis the season to Woman UP!

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