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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.

The Ultimate Check List for Job Seekers: Steps to take BEFORE submitting a resume!

The process of searching for a job can be complicated and stressful, especially when it seems to lead to one dead end after another. You have all of the right qualifications and necessary experience, so why aren’t they calling you? Even the smallest of details can make a hiring manager cross your name off the list. So before you click submit on that application, go through this simple checklist of job-seeking do’s and don’ts. It could mean the difference between landing your dream job and spending another day trolling job boards.

Update your resume:

I know this seems like an obvious first step, but giving your resume a little makeover can make a big difference. Your resume should contain all of your recent employment, including the length of time spent at each position and bullet points outlining specific responsibilities and accomplishments. Think of a resume as your first impression – clean, polished, professional, and perfect for the job! Keep it simple and avoid busy fonts or funky designs.

Reminder: Make sure the contact information on your resume is current! You may be a great candidate, but if an employer can’t contact you, they’ll move on.

Write a cover letter to impress:

A resume tells an employer the Who, What, When, and Where.  A cover letter tells them WHY! Why do you want this job? Why are you qualified for the position? Why are you unique? This is a great opportunity to elaborate on points made in your resume and add some personality.

Read this for expert cover letter writing tips.

Make sure your email address is professional:

I’ll be the first to admit, I would not want any future employer to see the email address I created when I was thirteen. There is nothing professional about Sassygirl13@yahoo. Do yourself a favor and create a new email address using only elements of your first and last name.

Personalize your voicemail greeting:

If you are actively looking for a job, you should have a personalized and professional voicemail greeting. A faulty voicemail sends the wrong message to potential employers.  If your mailbox is full, you sound unorganized and flaky. If your voicemail greeting is silly or snarky, they may doubt your professionalism or question your seriousness about finding a job.

Here’s a simple script to avoid a bad voicemail impression: “Hi, you’ve reached [Insert name]. I’m not available to take your call right now, but leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!”

Clean up your social media accounts:

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring. Check out this article by CareerBuilder for more insights on what employers are looking for on social media.

When you are presenting yourself to potential employers, every detail is a method of branding yourself. What is the lasting impression you would like to make? How do you want employers to remember you? If you follow the tips above, you are sure to make a favorable first impression and come one step closer to getting your foot in the door.