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The holiday season is right around the corner, and you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to continue looking for a job while everyone else is celebrating with their friends and family. Here are some reasons why it’s worth it:
The holiday season is actually prime time to continue looking for a job.
Most people think that the holiday season is a time to relax, spend time with family, and just chill out. But it’s actually prime time to continue looking for a job.
The reason? Holiday hiring is still strong. Many companies hire seasonal workers during the holidays because they need more help at this busy time of year. If you’re already working in retail or hospitality (i.e., the mall), you may be able to get a full-time job after your temporary gig ends at the end of December.
Plus, your holiday gigs can give you some extra cushion while on the hunt for something more permanent—which means less competition among job seekers when it comes down to crunch time! And because many employers keep their hiring until after New Year’s Day, there’s plenty of time on your side during this period as well—more than during other seasons when most people are focused on their jobs instead of applying elsewhere.
You will find less competition during the holidays.
- You will find less competition during the holidays. There are more people looking for jobs (and companies hiring) in January, so you’ll have more competition come spring time.
- You can take your time finding a job that is right for you and your family. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, most people aren’t thinking about their careers; they’re focused on spending time with friends and family members they don’t get to see very often. As a result, job seekers are less likely to apply for positions during this period as well—meaning there are fewer applicants competing with you!
You can use networking and social events to network.
The holidays are a great time to network and meet new people.
Whether you’re attending a party or networking event, make sure that you take the opportunity to introduce yourself when it comes up naturally and strike up conversations with people around you. If someone mentions their job or company, ask them about their role and what they enjoy about it.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask people about their job or company. If they work in the same industry as you, ask them what has been challenging for them lately and how they’ve overcome those challenges. This will give you a better idea of what’s going on in the industry as well as show that you’re interested in learning more about it!
Build a plan for the New Year.
This is a great time to think about the future, because there’s nothing to distract you from it. You can think long and hard about what you want your life to look like in the coming year. Write down your goals, make a list of things that would make this year great for you and for others around you, and set yourself on track for success. The holidays are going to be over before we know it.
To be successful in your job search, you’ll want to get organized by keeping your resume up to date. This means looking for ways to improve it or make it more relevant so that it’s clear how you can solve specific problems for a company. You’ll also want to keep your cover letter fresh and relevant, as well as updating your LinkedIn profile. The professional summary section of the resume should showcase who you are at the moment, but don’t forget about past experiences that might be relevant now.
Be flexible for interviews.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You may be expected to travel for an interview, but if you have time off during the holidays, this can be a great opportunity. Interviews usually take place in the early morning or late afternoon, so that’s something to consider as well. And if you’re used to interviewing for jobs after work hours or on weekends, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock when you find yourself scheduling interviews during those times of day again! It’s even better if you’re already used to interviewing via phone because that means less travel time is required—and when does anyone want more travel?
It’s important to keep looking for a job during the holidays because hiring doesn’t stop then.
In addition to all of the fun you can have during the holidays, there are also some real benefits to keeping your job search going. For one thing, because hiring doesn’t stop during this time of year, you’ll want to make sure your resume is up-to-date so that hiring managers can see what you’re doing right now and how it could help their company—even if they need someone in January instead of December.
If you’re wondering how to keep on top of your job search while still enjoying everything else that comes with the holiday season (like spending time with friends and family), try using this time as an opportunity for networking. You may be surprised at how many people will be willing to give advice on getting back into work after being laid off or looking for a new job within their own industries; these connections could lead directly into job interviews down the line!
So, if you’re looking for a job, don’t get discouraged by the holidays. Keep looking for a job even when it seems like everyone else is celebrating. Know that there are jobs out there, and be proactive in your search. You never know what might happen next!