By Barbara A.F. Greene, Greene and Associates Inc./Career Partners International - San Antonio
Often, job seekers slow their search efforts during the holiday season. They assume that this time of year will not be productive because employers will be busy with end-of-the-year business activities or taking time off for the holidays.
However, this is not the time to take a holiday from the job search. Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of job hunting during the holidays.
Develop the right mindset. Job hunting during the holidays can be productive because companies have vacant positions to fill that will start at the beginning of the year, and they are hiring during the holidays.
Engage in volunteer activities, both charitable and professional. This provides a forum for making new contacts and keeping skills current while helping others.
Update your resume, bio and other career portfolio documents. As the year draws to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect on your accomplishments during the year that will support your search objectives and ensure that those are well reflected in your materials.
Send New Year cards. This is a terrific way for you to stand out, maximizing the personal touch.
Create a marketing plan for 60 days, December and January. Establish goals for connecting with people, both professionally and socially.
Take advantage of the fact that many job seekers relax for the holidays, so you have less competition.
Increase your visibility. Approximately 70 percent of the time, people find their next job through other people: Host and attend holiday gatherings, and surround yourself with positive people.
Blend the high touch with high-tech tools in connecting with people. Maximize social media in an appropriate manner.
Keep learning. Read a book such as “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles or participate in a learning event, such as a course, or attend the symphony, theater or other event of interest.
Ask for help. Friends, family and career coaches can help remove your blinders. They can help you recognize your strengths and suggest career paths you might not have considered as well as introduce you to decision makers.
Follow these tips for job hunting during the holidays, and you just may begin 2012 with a new job.