Despite conventional wisdom, a holiday job search can be very productive. Your talent just may be on the hiring manager’s letter to Santa. So drop the following job search myths that surround the holidays and spread some cheer yourself!
All hiring managers aren’t on vacation.
A lot of them are on vacation to be sure, but certainly not all. The general myth that the holiday season is a poor time to job hunt means few people will be looking for a permanent job. As such, the holidays represent a fantastic time to get in touch with hiring managers … managers who are bored and eager to speak with you.
Tip: don’t power down your job search just because the holidays are here. Kick your job search into gear and learn how to interview.
Christmas parties are great networking opportunities.
You never know who will be at the next party you’re scheduled to attend and the relaxed, festive atmosphere of a holiday party may present the perfect opportunity to connect with people who can point you in the direction of your next job. By all means, have fun at your next party, but make sure you don’t ignore the possibility that you could be eating hors devours with your next boss or co-worker. Never come across as desperate or pushy.
Tip: use parties to meet as many new people as possible while solidifying your existing relationships.
Your job search competitors are shopping at the mall.
Too many people drop their job search efforts during the holidays because of their mistaken belief that only mall retailers hire during November and December. Mall retailers do hire temporary workers and a very select few of those holiday workers may get hired full time. But the competition is huge, so make your job search efforts more productive by “zigging” while they’re “zagging.”
Tip: take advantage of other’s mistaken beliefs by staying out of the mall and getting your resume out there to places you really want to work.
Holiday cards can serve a double purpose.
Always remember that there’s more to your job search than just sending out a resume to every job opening you find. Touch base with that manager from your last interview who told you “It was down to 2 candidates, you and the person we hired. We just felt she was a better fit.” That better fit may not be fitting so well after a couple of months and the manager may be regretting letting you get away.
Tip: use holiday cards to keep your name in front of hiring managers … even those that didn’t hire you in the past.
Department heads make resolutions too.
It’s that time of year and many companies are finalizing their budgets for the coming year and making hiring decisions accordingly. Smart companies will hire in November and December so they can get the initial training processes over and hit the ground running on January 1. Many companies are sitting on cash reserves and may have a little cash left over. The end of the year is the perfect time to spend those unspent funds, so help them out and let them spend it on you.
Tip: recognize that companies and department heads are making resolutions. Make sure you’re the perfect resolution to meeting their resolutions!
Use holiday cheer to your advantage.
Most job openings don’t wind up on the big-time job boards – they’re usually filled by an internal promotion or by word of mouth. The holidays give you a great reason (excuse?) to check in with people in your network since people tend to be in a more festive mood than at say, tax time …
Tip: the holidays can be the perfect time to position yourself as the perfect fit for that open position with the company where you want to work.
With shopping, vacations and just the general desire to avoid stress this time of year, the holidays aren’t the time to power down your job search efforts! They could be the perfect time of year for you to find the job you need. Make sure you’re prepared for your interview by reading The Inner View of Your Interview!