4 Holiday Job Search Tips
The holiday season can be more than a time to see family and friends that you might not otherwise get a chance to visit with often. It can also be the ideal time to search for a new job if you've been considering a move. You might also know that your current job is coming to a close soon or you might have lost your job recently.
Regardless of why you're searching for a job, the following four tips can help:
- Reconnect online
Brush off your LinkedIn profile and update it to include the latest happenings in your career. Touch base with those people who are in your preferred field on LinkedIn or head over to Facebook to do the same.
- Go the holiday card route
The holidays are an ideal time to get your name out in front of recruiters, career contacts and employers that you've already established a connection with. Sending a holiday card with good wishes for the upcoming season or for the new year is a friendly way to remind them about you.
- Take advantage of downtime
Just because it's the holidays doesn't mean that companies don't have a need for qualified employees or that they stop hiring. If your current employer shuts down for several days at a time, take advantage of it by reconnecting and networking with acquaintances. You can catch up with what's happening in their lives and let them know that you're looking for a new job.
- Attend holiday parties with a purpose
Attending holiday parties with members of your desired career field is a fun way to combine work and play. Just make sure you're displaying the kind of professionalism that's expected in your field even if the party or event is a more casual affair.
Just because it's the holiday season, doesn't mean that your job search has to be put on hold. The above tips can help you drum up job leads and perhaps even put you in the running for positions that are currently open.