6 Ways to Make the Most of This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving so close and Christmas less than 6 weeks away, a lot of job seekers think this is the time to slow down. Great. That leaves more room for you!

Why You Should NOT Slow Down

(1)  People are still hiring. It’s true, as we head toward December, some places do start to hold off on hiring until the new year. That said, there are still openings that need to be filled. You should go after jobs at the end of the year just as fervently as you do at other times. It might just give you the edge.

(2)  This is a time when companies hire seasonal employees.  While that probably means the job will disappear in January, it could also be a chance to get your foot in the door and make connections. If you’re not working anyway, consider it a chance to make some extra money and see where fate lands you. 

In my own career I’ve turned quiet a few part-time and temporary jobs into offers for real jobs. In fact, one time a one-day receptionist job landed me a full-time job (with great benefits) as assistant to the president of a major talent agency.  When you get a foot in the door, you never know where it can lead.

(3)  This is a terrific time to gear up with a new resume, even if it just means you get a jump start on the new year. I know we are in one of the toughest job markets we’ve ever seen, but if you aren’t getting interviews, take time to make sure your resume is the very best it can be. (If you need help, get help.) Your LinkedIn profile may also need a make-over. And don’t forget to make sure you customize your resume to every job you apply for. Cover letters too.

(4)  While you’re brushing up your job search tools, use this time to practice interviewing. Ask friends or relatives to help.  Use recording devices or video if possible. Your goal is to be able to get to know you and your strengths so well that you can easily and naturally answer almost any interview question, while adjusting your answers to show how well you fit the job in question.

(5)  Don’t forget that networking takes place anywhere and any time. You never know who you’ll meet standing in line waiting to get a present wrapped or at a holiday party. Do everything you can to bring your best energy and attitude wherever you go. I once found a connection at a barbecue that changed my entire career, simply because he heard me telling someone (very enthusiastically) that I was determined to change from the corporate world to non-profit; he decided to help.

(6)  Last but not least, the end-of-the-year holidays can be a tough time for people. But for job seekers, it can be an especially dark time. So do something now to prepare yourself. Perhaps just taking on your job search tools with renewed energy and determination can help get you through. Also, stocking up on things like music and films that you love. Volunteering. Finding a project or hobby you enjoy. Or simply making an extra effort to get together with friends more often.

Taking action can help at times like this. And if  that means talking to a counselor or someone you trust like a religious leader, by all means do that. Your best job search tool is a you brimming with as much positive energy and determination as possible – and a you that others want to be around.

Good luck to all of you. And, although I know I’m a bit early, happy holidays!

 

About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.

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