In less than a month we will be knee deep into the holiday season packed with lots of heartwarming holiday get-togethers, wonderful food, and great family fun.
Most job seekers see the holidays as lousy months to look for work, and at first glance that is probably true. Potential hiring managers are distracted by festivities, travel and family obligations. Plus they are often overwhelmed by year-end deadline pressure, and reduced budgets. Finally companies are often in “slowdown mode” with employees taking time off and decisions being delayed until the start of the new year.
Add all of that to the feeling of many who have been job hunting for a long time that the holidays present the perfect opportunity to take a break from the discouraging task of looking for work and it is clear why the holidays can be lousy months to look for work.
However, it does not have to be that way. An analysis of the last 4 holiday seasons revel that 90% of job-hunters assisted by my company, The Marben Bland Group who keep at it during the holidays actually found work as a result of those actives as quickly as 3 months after the start of the new year.
Those successful job seekers and their job search coaches have compiled a list of the best practices they have found most helpful in mounting a holiday search. These 5 tips are presented to you now as our per-holiday gift.
❶There’s less competition.
Lots of people give up looking over the holidays, and that means you’ll have a better chance.
❷The holidays put people in a receptive mood.
The focus on family and fun makes people more open to conversation, even with job-seekers.
❸Holiday parties are great for networking.
In addition to parties thrown by family and friends, professional associations and offices host their own fêtes.
❹Respond to holiday leads quickly.
If you get a job or networking lead at a holiday party, act on it right away. Momentum is always important in a job search, so don’t wait until the new year to send that e-mail.
❺Hiring Managers have more time to take your call.
Workloads often lighten up during the holidays. If a hiring manager isn’t out of town, he’s more likely to chat with you than he would be at another time of year.
Everyone likes a bonus and because it is the holidays these 3 tips are our bonus to you!!!
Hiring managers must meet end-of-year deadlines.
Some managers have quotas to fill, like hiring 15 marketing staffers by Dec. 31. If they’re behind on hiring when you present yourself, you could get lucky.
Holiday cards offer a great way to stay in touch.
The hiring process often takes weeks, if not months. If you’re in protracted talks with a potential employer, a holiday card can be a great way to remind him or her that you’re available and eager.
Holidays offer time to polish your résumé.
Employed job-seekers looking to make a switch are often too crazed at work to spend time on their résumés. The holiday lull can offer precious time to fix up one’s C.V.
The Bottom Line
The holidays is a time to count our blessings, yes you may be unemployed or underemployed however, all is not lost you have a family that loves you and a cadre of people who are rooting for you and willing to help you find that next job. Our work with thousands of job seekers clearly shows that those who express confidence and are resolute that they will find a job despite the difficulties, setbacks and the time it takes are untimely successful. So use the holidays to renew your appreciation of all that is good in your life that can help you pursue your search with an attitude that’s most likely to get results that you so richly deserve. — Happy Holidays!!!!