Many people ask if they can actually find a job during the holidays. My answer is always Y-E-S! I always think any time and any situation is good for job searching…but especially during the holidays. One of the main reasons why job searching during the holidays is effective is because it tends to be a more “social” time. There are holiday parties, get-togethers, family events and dinners, as well as gift giving. All those are social events that allow for unique types of engagements. Those engagements are technically networking events.
Holiday Job Search Tip #1: Accept invitations to all parties. No matter if you like the people or not, a party is a great time to meet new people. Job leads are found many times from casual acquaintances. Meeting new people at parties is a great way to get to know new people. If you are uncomfortable introducing yourself at parties, find the person/people who are trying not to talk to anyone and say hi…talk about the weather and get a conversation going. They are probably more nervous than you are.
Holiday Job Search Tip #2: Invite others to your house…have your own parties. Don’t wait for people to invite you. Invite them. And don’t try to match your friends together for the perfect night. Invite a whole range of people over and encourage them to invite someone else. Have someone help you out at the party so you are not hiding behind all you have to do but enjoying meeting everyone.
Holiday Job Search Tip #3: Realize companies need to fill open positions for the new year. Many companies are thinking about the new year during the holidays. Hiring managers are wondering if or when they will receive approval to make a hire on their team. Sometimes they get the approval just before the new year. The holidays might slow down the communications around a new hire but the need is still there. Be patient with the process but don’t count yourself out of any opportunity.
These are just a few holiday job search tips to keep in mind during this season. Get out there and meet more new people. There are also plenty of ways you can volunteer and meet new people. Getting out there means helping others and them helping you.
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