Most of you will be looking forward to the holiday break, and why wouldn’t you be? It’s a great time to relax, spend time with the family and, for a lot of us, eat and drink too much. You’ve been looking for a job for several months and the holidays is the perfect time for a break from it right? No one’s hiring anyway so why bother? In actual fact both of these are common misconceptions. So I’m here to explain exactly why the holidays are a perfect opportunity for you to continue your job search and how to be even more effective.
We all know it’s a competitive job market right now. What a lot of people don’t know is that hiring hasn’t actually slowed down and the jobs are actually still there, you just have to know where to look and how to do it.
So here are my top 3 reasons for continuing your job hunt over this holiday period:
#1: The Golden Opportunity
Notice how I’ve been hinting that most people won’t be continuing their job search over the holiday break? These people are your competitors. They are going to have a lazy Christmas and do nothing. So why not take advantage of that? Recruiters are still recruiting and you can take the opportunity and jump ahead of your competitors. Many companies will be looking for people to start right away in the New Year and by continuing your job search you stand a much better chance of being the person they hire. So don’t be lazy, stay ahead of the pack!
#2: All the time in the world
Now I’m not saying that you should just ignore Christmas all together and focus all your attention on getting yourself a job. But if you’re like most of us, you have quite a lot of idle time spent over the holiday period, time which you could make much better use of. Of course this applies more to the currently employed looking for a new job but what’s important to remember is that everyone is more relaxed and freed up at Christmas, so you can easily make better use of the downtime you’ve got.
#3: Party time
Christmas is a time for special events, parties and an opportunity to be social. And an opportunity to be social is an opportunity to network. These holiday parties are perfect opportunities to meet new people, people who may be great contacts to have. Another great thing about these events is Christmas spirit. People are likely to be more relaxed which gives you the perfect opportunity to connect with them on a personal level. So get networking!
There are of course several other reasons in the pro column for continuing your job search but these are just my top 3, which is hopefully enough to convince you of the need to do it!
My advice to you as a job seeker is relatively simple and could just prove the perfect way to get that job you want. So get yourself to some networking events, strike up a conversation and subtly turn the conversation towards your job pitch. A lot of succeeding in business is down to relationships. So get out there and develop some with relevant industry professionals.
The extra little bit of effort you spend this Christmas might just be the best present you could give yourself.
So good luck and have a great Christmas!