CONTINUE YOUR JOB SEARCH THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Don’t’ lose momentum in your job search by putting things on hold until the New Year. Although there have been several signs of economic improvement in 2012, it is still competitive out there. Employers and recruiters are seeing an increase in job openings and are scurrying to find the right people with the right skill set. Therefore, you should continue your search efforts over the holiday season.
Here are some strategies for successful holiday job searching:
Reflect and focus. The holidays offer an opportunity for career and life introspection. What is important to you? What are your best strengths and skills? What are your accomplishments and how have they benefited your organizations? What is your vision of success? Write a mission statement geared to future goals, defining where you can make a positive contribution.
Be flexible and forward thinking. Think deeply about how you can broaden and transfer your skills; the clincher is having the right skill set for the job. Be open to taking a job as a contract worker or consultant since that is the current trend. What are you doing to improve your skills and keep them current? Are your skills on the leading edge?
Network, network, network. Networking will never be an overused principle - it continues to be the major method that links people to jobs, as it has been for centuries. Use every invitation - both business and pleasure - as an opportunity to develop and expand your network over the holidays. There is no better time to reach a large number of people. Don’t take your resume to holiday events, but use each situation as an opportunity to follow up later. Expand your holiday greeting card list; use the holiday season as a time to get positioned for action early in the New Year.
Take advantage of holiday cheer. Managers strive to screen the tide of job hunters for most of the year, but they will take more time to meet over the holidays. They are more into the spirit of the holidays, so there are fewer Scrooges in December. Also, there are fewer business trips this month, making it easier for you to reach decision makers.
Be open to new ways of working. The demand for temporary and contract workers is strong, so be open to this as a possibility. These opportunities can lead to full time jobs.
Some companies must hire in December. Hiring managers try to fill some open positions by year-end so they can begin the New Year fully staffed. Also, the pressure to exhaust this year’s hiring budgets is critical for many managers.
Career resiliency in 2013 will involve keeping your skills on the leading edge so that you are always marketable – that is the new definition of job security. How can you use your skills more broadly so that they will transfer to other industries and functions? This transition is a part of your life, so use it as a positive experience to enhance your career. Who knows, with the job market becoming more favorable, you may get a new job for the New Year.