Yes, as the seasons change, and that familiar chill fills the air, there's one thought that often makes its way in many a job stalker's mind (including, well, mine):
"Gee, since the weather's getting colder, how do I plan to keep job seeking when it's not that nice outside"
(Yes, I'm well aware that I'm a grown man who still uses the word "Gee" in casual conversation. I sincerely apologize in advance.)
But it is easy to take a very laid back attitude about it (as we might, say, during the holidays), or even get pessimistic (sometimes, the holidays bring out the worst in moods). It is a daunting task (even in light of the fact that, back in February, job seeking might have taken a back seat to snow shoveling), but perhaps it's less about "getting out" and more about "digging in".
Digging into research - after all, there's a reason why Linked In is becoming a great tool for job seekers and recruiters alike. It's a great opportunity to begin either researching companies (best accompanied by a steaming cup of tea) or sending initial contact e-mails to begin building professional relationships. Plus, colder months might also be a great time to begin optimizing your profile (feel free to connect with me via my Linked In profile) - you might want to consider learning some basic SEO techniques. (You also might want to use Linked In's contacts feature to see who else in your address book is using the service....and more importantly, considering connecting or reconnecting with them)
This might also be a good time to start digging into your resume - not just updating and revising it, but possibly giving it a rethink. This infographic from Business Insider outlines many of the traits that often are not included in traditional resumes....but that shouldn't stop you from at least trying to revamp it. (Or, at the very least, include any freelance work - after all, it shows a potential employer that you were at least willing and able to work when possible). Of course, you might want to be sure that your efforts are accurate - after all, we can sometimes exaggerate our accomplishments.
(And speaking of freelance and resumes - might be a good time to send updated versions to any and all recruiters who are working with you. Yes, I know, they're technically working for the employer....but staying on their radar isn't necessarily a bad thing. I myself have had three out-of-the-blue calls from recruiters - with an interview tomorrow - thanks to keeping my resume current. Yes, I have several freelance assignments, but staying "in the game" is slightly more important. I am unsure if this new opportunity will pan out, but I'm more than willing to give it a shot).
Finally, this might be a great opportunity to dig into your overall job search strategy, taking an extensive inventory and seeing where your efforts might be better placed. After all, the holidays may provide ample opportunity to "slack" in your search, but it's always a good idea to keep moving forward. Knowing what might be working - and what isn't - can only help better inform how you're searching. In a time where we have multiple "experts" providing multiple perspectives on how to get the "perfect" job, it makes sense for us to insure that on an individual level, we are doing our best to stay current and know what works best in our particular situation.
I admit, I'm not a cold weather person - I'm much more of a 70 degree, wear a polo shirt with light jacket kind of guy. But trust me - when the thermometer hits a certain level and the snow is piled high outside my door, I'll be safe and warm, and digging back into the job search....at least, until I'm working full time.
But do you have any thoughts about winter job seeking? Please feel free to leave a comment down below. And please feel free to check out my other writings via my personal web site.
Once again, thanks for reading!