As with job hunting any time of year, job hunting during the holidays takes planning and work. There’s a misconception that no one is hiring during the holiday season and it’s a mistake to think that way. People leave jobs year round, there are even companies known for hiring additional help during the holiday and keeping the best after the season, it’s all a matter of how you approach your job search.
There are a number of ways you can prepare yourself for a successful search during the holiday season. Here are just a few that can assist in making it as successful, as any other time of year:
- 1. Use your holiday card list to also touch base with former coworkers and employers. Don’t go into detail in the card, just sending the card will remind them of you. In a week or two give them a call and explain that you’re in the midst of a job search, asking if they hear of any positions to let you know. Don’t be pushy, but they may know of positions that haven’t even been posted yet.
- Don’t hesitate to also tell family and friends that you’re looking for a job. Far too often, our friends and family are the last people we tell, feeling like we should be ashamed of it or that we’re imposing. Very often, they’re more than willing to give you leads, if they have them.
- Do your research, looking at specific companies that you would like to work for and targeting your resume/cover letter directly to them. General resumes can do more harm than good. You have to aim for the target to hit the bullseye.
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