The holidays are approaching as the year winds down for hiring managers who are busy with year end responsibilities as they attempt to enjoy the holiday season. This is a tricky time of year to be looking for a job, yet there are ways to approach job hunting to get you positioned for the New Year. Now is an important time to be connecting with companies as they work out the hiring budget for 2014.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be set up for interviews in January.
Here are some tips to best use the next 6 weeks to your benefit and to insure you are on your way to employment in the New Year
- Hiring managers are busy now, yet they have to plan for January hiring, so make sure to continue to contact as many companies as possible about current positions. Get your résumé in during the next three weeks before the week before Christmas. This is the last push for hiring for employers. After this, companies “shut down” in hiring until as late as the second week in January. Many hiring managers take vacations during this time to take advantage of paid holidays.
- Reach out to past clients and co-workers by sending them holiday cards. They may have information on a job or be hiring themselves and just “forgot” about you. Follow up with them in mid-January.
- Send gifts to those who helped you on your job search this year. It doesn’t have to be expensive. A Starbucks holiday pound of coffee with a card is a nice gift. If you can afford it, also enclose a $25 gift certificate.
- Take time to evaluate your entire brand on your social media web-sites. What message are you sending out to cyberspace? Make sure your sites display who you are. Having a well-done Linkedin profile is essential as 80% of companies check out your LinkedIn profile as part of their hiring process.
- Attend as many networking holiday parties as you can handle. Watch out for the martini bar. Stay sober at these events and bring calling cards. Try to get others calling cards as you can contact them faster than they will you.
- Freshen up your wardrobe by getting rid of clothes that no longer fit and adding in items that are in line with your current look. Update your look with a new haircut.
This time of year can be the most productive for you when looking for a new job. People are ready to enjoy the holiday season and are in good spirits and open to networking. Remember that the hiring manager you meet may be looking to change jobs, too. They are just like you except they have a job you’d like. When you network offer them something helpful and in return they may help you get you where you need to go. Job hunting is a two-way street. Everyone has been there, so relate to them as people, not employers.