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Give Your Job Search a Holiday Boost

Top 10 Tips for Holiday Season Job Searching

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If your plan is to wait until the holidays are over to really jump start your job search, think again. The holidays are actually a great time to hunt for a new job. Here are some helpful tips for boosting your job search.

Use Holiday Events to Network

Copyright Rhienna Cutler
View every holiday event you attend as a networking opportunity and accept all the invitations you receive, both personal and professional. You never know who may be able to help. Friends and family, as well as business acquaintances are typically more than happy to assist. A word of warning - don't overindulge. You don't want to be remembered as the guest who had one too many drinks.

Tips for Networking at Holiday Parties

Copyright Kevin Russ
The holiday season provides a perfect opportunity for job search networking. Even if you're out of work and out of holiday cheer, it's important not to miss out on any opportunities to meet people who can help you find a job.

Send a Holiday Card

Valerie Loiseleux
If you're looking for work or have job searched at all this year, take a few minutes to thank the people who helped with your job search. Don't send an email. Rather, take the time to send an old-fashioned holiday card to everyone who has assisted. It's an inexpensive, even if you figure the postage, way to both show your appreciation to those who helped and to make a good impression. Do be sure to send a general holiday card, not a religious one.

Build Your Brand

Image Copyright LinkedIn
Is your LinkedIn Profile complete, up-to-date and enticing to potential employers? Have you made those photos of that wild party private on Facebook? If the answer is no, or maybe, or sort of, spend time building your brand so that every single facet of your online brand is not only respectable, but professional and showcases your personal persona. Remember, that if it's online, someone will find it, and that someone could be your prospective employer.

Connect With Your Contacts

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The holiday season is an ideal time to connect with your contacts. Wish all your contacts, on Facebook, LinkedIn, and the other social and professional networking sites "Happy Holidays" and remind them that you're in the market for a new job. Also, take some time to expand your network and increase the number of connections you have. The more connections, the more people who can assist with your job search.

Get a Business Card

Copyright Diane Diederich
Get a business card printed with your name, address, phone number(s), and email address. You can design and order cards for a very reasonable price online or at an office supply store. Have your business card ready to give to new contacts when you meet them, so it's easy for them to get in touch with you.

Don't Quit Your Job Search

Copyright: Anatoly Vartanov
Don't quit your job search just because you think companies aren't hiring. Despite the down job market, companies are hiring and they don't stop just because it's the holidays. You may not find as many openings as you will after the first of the year, but you may find there's less competition for the jobs that are available.

Be Available to Interview

© Sharon Dominick

When employers have an end-of-year hiring crunch, being the applicant who can interview on short notice can help your candidacy. When you have a really good opportunity be as flexible and as available as possible when it comes to scheduling interviews. Your availabily may help you be the candidate who gets the job offer. Don't forget a thank you note and if time is short, an email thank you is fine.

Makeover Your Resume

Copyright Amanda Rohde
If your resume doesn't measure up, and expectations are very high these days, spend some time on a resume makeover. Even if your resume isn't professional written, it should appear as though it was. Invest some time in making sure your resume is close to perfect and ready to impress everyone who reviews it.

Take a Break

Copyright Mike Doyle
One of the best things you can do for yourself, and for your job search, is to take a break. Spend time with family and friends. Do something fun. Enjoy yourself. Changing gears and focusing on something other than your job search can be a good way to refocus and get back on track.
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