The Gift of Employment: Successful Job Searching During the Holidays

If you’re looking to get a job during the holidays, trust that you have very good chances of finding one at such a busy time of year. Consider a few points and stay on top of your search, and you may get yourself the best gift of all: a new job.

Take advantage of the end-of-the-year crunch. The last quarter of the year means businesses have begun to look at their needs for the upcoming year–and that includes hiring. Employers often look to take on new hires in January and February, which means they need to start looking now. Get your resume and cover letter ready to take advantage of this hiring cycle. Bear in mind as well that plenty of companies get busy at the end of the year wrapping up projects and major deals, so they may well need extra hands. A temporary job can very well turn into a permanent one if you do well. And when the assignment ends, if you’re on the books as a dedicated employee, you’ll be first in line when something long-term comes up down the road.

Stay hungry while others hunker down. Many job seekers get wrapped up (no pun intended) in the holiday crush and slack off on job searching which works out great for you if you stay focused in your efforts. And with fewer applications in the system, it allows employers to take more time to look at yours. Set alerts for the companies you’re interested in so you know immediately when positions open up or if they announce a huge project or expansion, which means more job opportunities will pop up. Fire off a resume, fill out the application, and follow up accordingly; this demonstrates your interest in the position.

Turn holiday events into networking opportunities. The holidays offer a number of social gatherings, as well as a chance for you to slip into the conversation that you’re on the hunt. If you have business cards, keep them handy (but offer one subtly — not while you’re standing at the hors d’oeuvres table) and talk about what you’re interested in doing and where you’d like to be. It’s acceptable to do these both professionally and personally; you never know who may be able to help you out. Practice making a smooth pitch and don’t forget to thank whoever offers help.

See if you can make this holiday season a professional success for yourself by finding employment. For help in your search, reach out to the job search experts at PrideStaff Thousand Oaks today!

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