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Five Reasons the Holidays are a Great Time for Job Searching
The holiday season is a notoriously stressful time of year – overbearing in-laws, crowded airports, last minute shopping, and don’t forget about that pesky job search! Many people succumb to the temptation of placing their job search on the back burner throughout the holidays, but in doing so they are missing out on some great opportunities…
Tis the season…for networking!
The holiday season is the perfect time to mingle and reconnect with old acquaintances. Many people tend to be embarrassed about their job search. Don’t be! Take control – be the first to bring it up in conversation. Be open and honest about your trouble with finding a job. You never know who could end up being a useful connection. According to LinkedIn, nearly 85% of jobs are found through networking. So this holiday season, leverage that dreaded small talk as a tool for landing a job!
Pro tip: Send a holiday greeting or thank you card to the recruiters you have worked with in the past. Remind them of who you are in a friendly, approachable way.
Employers are rushing to fill positions for the New Year
Carve out an hour each morning and evening to browse job boards and submit resumes. Employers are looking for candidates to start in the New Year and might be more eager than usual to hire in those last few weeks of December. Therefore, taking a break in job searching during this time could lead to another few months of unemployment.
Less competition, more opportunity!
The holidays are a hectic time. Many people feel too overwhelmed to apply for jobs while juggling all of their other responsibilities, which means less competition for jobs. With fewer applications for employers to sift through, you are more likely to be considered for a position.
Seasonal jobs could turn permanent
Companies need extra hands during the holidays and sometimes make those temp jobs permanent for those who make a good impression. Not only is this a great opportunity to make some extra cash during one the most expensive times of the year, but it could also lead to a long-term position!
Spread the holiday cheer through volunteering!
Nonprofits and local charities are always in need of support during the holidays. Volunteering looks great on a resume and is an opportunity to make new and helpful connections. But more importantly, volunteer work provides comfort to those who need it most and is a reminder of what truly matters this time of year.