Traditionally, the holidays are a time of great preparation as you are busy decorating your house with lights and ornaments, buying presents for those on your list, or baking goodies for the holiday meal. It is a time of parties and get-togethers with family and friends. It would seem that with all of this activity it is not the time to look for a job. But you could not be more wrong. The last couple of weeks can be the perfect time to find a job, as most companies are readying for the new year and are streamlining their focus and systems. It is also a time when their is movement aas people take other positions or make a move in some way. Organizations know of and could be planning for job openings that will occur due to expansions or new contracts that will create the need for workers.
This is not the time to be idle. Follow these tips, get yourself together and get out there:
1. Be targeted – focus on the specific job or organization you want and keep looking for ways to get in; look at company job boards and sign up for automatic notifications when jobs are posted
2. Be visible – get yourself out among people and let them know you are looking for a position or an introduction to someone who can get you in the do0r of an employer. This is not the time to be shy, especially if you are at holiday gatherings
3. Be indispensible – sign up for temp agencies or contract work; most employees want to be off for the holidays so this could be a way to get income as well as the lead-in to full-or part-time employment
4. Be a giver – this would be a great time to volunteer your services which can offer help to an organization and get your skills and capabilities noticed; you will also be developing good relationships that will put you in the forefront when openings do occur
Keeping your focus on finding a job during this time will help you to keep your momentum and emotional level up and keep you ahead of the those who believe there are no jobs to be had or that organizations do not hire during this time of year. This can be the time that employers are preparing and scheduling interviews for positions that will become available in January. It can also keep you in job-search mode which will give you the edge among others.