Job Search Holidays

4 Tips To Keep Your Holiday Job Search Moving


It’s easy to get sidetracked from your job search during the holidays, but this is one of the biggest mistakes a job seeker can make. If you lose momentum now, it’s going to be tough to get it back at the beginning of next year. You should make every effort to keep up your regular pace and end the year strong.

Tips For Your Holiday Job Search

Here are four tips for keeping your holiday job search moving:

1. Keep A Schedule

One of the best ways to stay on track is to keep a schedule. Book appointments with yourself each day of the week and spend dedicated time doing online searches, reaching out to leads, making follow-up calls, etc.

2. Network

The holiday season also presents some unique job searching opportunities that may not be available the rest of the year. Some businesses slow down their hiring processes near the end of the year, but this is a great time to participate in networking events and holiday parties.

Although there might not be an opening for you right now, networking events and holiday parties provide great opportunities for increasing the number of people you know. Events held in December often draw larger crowds than normal because people have a less significant workload and are feeling festive.

If you work these events appropriately, you may find that some of these new connections will be happy to assist you by forwarding your resume to other people they know or keeping an eye out for openings that might be a good fit for your skills.

Many professional association holiday parties are free and open to the public, so you can save precious dollars by hobnobbing with the movers and shakers of your industry. Do some searches in early December and start booking your calendar for the remainder of the year.

3. Volunteer

There are also a ton of community service opportunities around the holidays.Many charitable organizations draw volunteers from all walks of life and various career fields. If you want to give back to your community in this way, make an effort to get to know your fellow volunteers. This is just one way to expand your network and help out your neighbors.

4. Keep Going

It’s OK to take a holiday break for a few days, but don’t lose sight of your job search goal of finding new employment. What better way to celebrate the new year than with a new job?

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  1. I also thought this was a great article! I work with college students and it is very common for them to take this time off from looking for work. Great suggestions and encouragement for any job seeker!!

  2. I would agree with Darlene. Great tips. I think the attitude of the person with the previous comment, may be just be why that person is having trouble finding a job – assuming he is looking. Her job is not to find YOU a job, but provide tips that you may not have thought of. If you have, good for you – move on. There are many organizations that hold parties (many free) for the holidays and they are an excellent places to network. I know people who have gotten a job at one of these “nonsense” functions. Attitude has a lot to do with being successful in finding a job. A poor/negative attitude is easily spotted by recruiters…and before you comment, about me not knowing anything – I have been in HR and have done recruiting for over 20 years. It’s too bad you didn’t like the article, Mark. Hopefully you will find what you are looking for in “serious” solutions.

  3. I been doing my job search this entire year since I been laid off back in Jan 12, 2012. I haven’t took any break yet and don’t plan on it either. My goal is to become employed again in 2013. I wish all my fellow job seekers the very best and Hope you all find something in 2013 as well. Happy Holidays All!

  4. I thought this was an insightful and benefical article. Consistency in job search is a very valid point no matter what way you slice it. If you are not consistent you do not get results. I can see that some of the advice we should adhere to all year round being a valid point. Depending on your profession, industry or field I have seen organizations, associations and Chambers of Commerce that do have free events. I think the term seek and you shall find may be appropriate here. I am glad this issue was addressed and an article written about it because the fact of the matter is that most people take this valuable time off and completely stop thier job search so any encouragement is good. I love the aspect of volunteerism and think that this idea is worth it weight in gold.

  5. I read this “article” twice. I am trying to figure out how any of these tips vary for the holidays versus any other day of the year.

    The comments about “many professional association holiday parties are free and open to the public…” is absolute nonsense.

    If she is really passionate about helping us find a job, have her come up with real solutions other than going to holiday parties. I would like to see some SERIOUS ideas instead of “keep going.”

    • There are some great ideas in this article and to think they are not SERIOUS belittles the author (rude) and negates the efficacy of the article (not helpful). The point is that the holiday parties serve as networking opportunities. You just have to be resourceful and learn how to maximize what you’ve got to offer. Here’s a serious idea: sometimes the best way is not expecting a single solution or a magic bullet. Try everything, including the holiday party, and open yourself to opportunities where you can keep going through a time when most would give up. That’s where success lies.

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