5 Tips to Keep Your Job Search on Track Over the Holiday Season

December 12th, 2016

5 Tips to Keep Your Holiday Job Search on Track

When it comes to the holidays, a lot of people put their job search on hold. This is ripe opportunity for job seekers because a job search during the holidays means you face less competition with people applying for the same job.

How to Stay Engaged in Your Job Search During the Holiday Season

As long as you have the time and drive to stick with your job search over the holidays, there are plenty of ways to do it. You might even find a new position before the end of the year with this approach, so take a look below and see what you can do over the holidays:

  1. Tighten Up Your Resume. 
    Take some time to sit down and work on your resume over the holidays. During the fall flurry of applications and resume submissions, you might have also taken a few classes or gotten a certification or two. Add any new training or experience you picked up. Also, you will probably pick up new terms for tasks and skills from hiring managers during interviews. Since many human resource managers scan for specific keywords, noting these words—and substituting them in your resume for future submissions—could make a big difference in your holiday job search and beyond.
  2. Talk About Your Job Search at Holiday Parties. 
    Don’t hide away during your job search, and don’t avoid talking about it. Attend as many holiday parties as possible, and talk about your job search. Most people understand the challenges of finding a job—even over the holidays—and they will want to help you if they can. You never know who might have a solid lead, and you don’t want to miss a single opportunity.
  3. Sign Up for Training Related to Your Desired Position. 
    Whether you want to sharpen your Excel spreadsheet skills, or you want to safely learn to operate a forklift, additional education and certifications go a long way. You may even meet new connections during class who know about an available position and can offer submission recommendations, or even a reference. Most of all, learning something new in your field gives you one more boost in confidence to help keep your job search spirits up over the holidays.
  4. Take Temporary Assignments. 
    There are many great reasons to take on temporary work over the holidays, including earning income. You also have the chance to stay busy, meet new people, learn new skills, and do some professional networking. Even better, especially if you enjoy your seasonal job, you might get to keep it. When possible, employers often try to keep a few temporary holiday employees on full-time. Treat your temporary position like your permanent job to show your commitment, and you may get an invitation to make it permanent.
  5. Send Out Traditional Holiday Cards. 
    Prepare holiday greeting cards to mail out to prospective employers as a reminder of your thoughtfulness. It is also a way of reminding them that you have sent a resume, or that one is on the way soon. Plus, it’s a great tactic to help you stand out from the competition.

Contact a Staffing Agency to Help to Make the Season Bright

The staffing team at ABR Employment Services can share even more ways for you to stay active and engaged in your job search over the holidays. Contact any ABR office and we’ll help you keep your job search going strong during the holidays and beyond.

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