3 Obstacles That May Slow Your Job Search this Holiday

December 12th, 2011

It’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” but that doesn’t mean your job search should be wrapped away like a gift and left unopened for a few weeks. Follow these tips this holiday and you’ll be thankful that you’re a step ahead of the rest come the new year.

1. Lazy Days Off
December and January bring more than a few days where offices – and your personal job search – will shut down for food, family, and fun. Remedy those lost hours by jumping right back into your search the next morning. You should be all rested and relaxed after all! Finding a new opportunity is a full-time job and you should be as dedicated as any employee.

2. The Hustle and Bustle
If your to-do list is as long as Santa’s, random afternoons can easily turn into list-making sessions, gift-wrapping bonanzas, or envelope-licking sprees. Create a strict weekly schedule that includes plenty of room for holiday errands and your job search. Dedicate at least a couple hours per day first thing in the morning to search for a new opportunity. Set a goal to apply to “X” amount of jobs per week.

3. Everyone Else
It’s the season of giving which means you’ll be spending a lot of time shopping for others or preparing your home for guests. But it’s important to remember yourself this holiday. What are your needs? Don’t feel guilty about buying cookies (instead of baking them), stocking up on gift cards for presents, or sending less personalized holiday cards if it means you can dedicate a few more hours to your job search this week.

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