As the holidays approach, many job seekers can get distracted from their job search. When looking for a job during the holiday season, it is important to stay focused on your final goal: a new job. Here is our take on how to find a job during the holidays.
Don’t Stop Looking
Many job seekers get discouraged during the holidays. Despite many common misconceptions, job-hunting during the holiday season is actually an opportune time to find your next job. Remember, you’ll have more time to search for a job since many of your competitors may not be looking during the holiday season. Here are a few things to consider:
- It’s a great time to meet people who may be hiring later. Even if the company of your dreams isn’t hiring right this instant, use this time as an opportunity to get on the hiring manager’s radar.
- Attend a networking event. Professional associations and business groups often have holiday networking opportunities.
- The holidays are a great time to look for a job because end-of-year budgets may provide hiring opportunities now rather than in January. USNews.com reminds job seekers: “Occasionally, a company’s end-of-year budget works in your favor. If there’s surplus money in the employment category, a company may want to hurry and hire before the year is through.” This may be especially true for consulting or temporary work.
Don’t let your job search get derailed by worries that no one is hiring, use the slow holiday season to get ahead in your job search.
The pressure of purchasing gifts and entertaining family can often leave job seekers feeling especially desperate for a job. Instead of stressing about how you’ll afford all your end of year expenses without a job, budget your expenses and prioritize your spending. Don’t feel pressured to give the same quality gifts you gave prior to your unemployment. GlassDoor.com reminds readers, “It’s still very early in the holiday season, so if you have the opportunity to put gifts on layaway, this is a great way to budget your money and pay off your gifts little by little without accruing interest.” If you’re still worried about making ends meet, cut back the number of gifts you give or consider volunteering your time instead. And don’t forget, the most important thing is that you enjoy the holidays. Take a break to enjoy time with your family and friends.
The holidays can make your job search seem even more important, which can make it more stressful. Stay positive and focus on the benefits of job seeking during the holiday season.If you are searching for a role in accounting, administration, finance, human resources, marketing or operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, call us today. Menlo Partners Staffing, a Peninsula based temporary staffing and employment agency (650)752-6193.
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