Must Tips for Job Hunting During the Holidays

Must Tips for Job Hunting During the Holidays

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.


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  • Very true on Terri's first point. Managers are planning vacations for themselves for the end of the year. So while you are at home unemployed this Christmas, think of all those people who were in the position to hire you and didn't these past months, they will be on some beach or cruise for the Holidays.

    No one does Christmas cards anymore. But if you do send a card, include a letter of your past months of unemployment has been to all those uncaring co-workers & clients who never returned your phone calls or e-mails. And make sure to tell them not to choke on their eggnog or break a leg if they slip on ice while going to work.

    Send a gift card or money to someone who did not get you a job! Are you kidding Terri? What I would do is make new connections. Get rid of "Head Hunters" who can't make money for you. Maybe make a donation to the Red Cross for those tornado victims. Many lost everything. Maybe God will repay your kindness with a job. Put more faith in God to get you a job than in some "Head Hunter" or that HR person.

    Male bosses who look at LinkedIn are just searching for photos of females for relationships or eye candy around the office. And get off of Facebook. Potential employers do not like seeing your Vegas photos.

    Do companies really have holiday parties?....Are we still in the 1980's?.....If there are still office parties, no one really talks about work at company holiday parties.......that is the time where employees bring in their spouse, partner, etc and the non-employees knows everything about the people you work with. Then your guest, will drink too much, and might tell your boss what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d**kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-a**, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s**t he is!........and suddenly, you will be asked to leave.

    Yes, get rid of old clothes.......and other household items....maybe sell items on Ebay to make a few dollars........and think about moving out of this state where jobs are disappearing faster than you can say "I am having the hap, hap merriest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny F****** Kaye ". Chicago is the next Detroit. Illinois politicians are driving companies out of state with their taxes, and our politicians are only looking at new ways to create new taxes and fines instead of creating jobs. Illinois is second to the bottom of unemployment and job creation. Part time jobs does not cut it to pay bills & mortgage.

    How do you all like the "Change" now that was promised by our President?

  • Had an interview my 3rd with Safer foundation for a retention specialist on the 17th of October hope to hear something today and will try again with Haymarket today if you take the time to read my blog you'll see that this has been a very frustrating time for me but at least I get to vent and hear other points of view as I go thru the motions if you can help in any way please do enjoyed your article.

  • Craig, I known people who did 5 interviews with one company, and never got the job. Many companies out there have HR personal that try to look busy in front of their bosses by having interviews that won't lead to jobs. While other companies have these wasted interviews as a "job training" program for their own HR employees.

    What most job searchers should realize is that companies are gathering information on your background, then sell this information to other firms. Banks, research, marketing, retailers, etc., pay for personal information that is gathered on job applications.

    There was a job search firm in Burr Ridge area that is under police investigation for taking information personal information and using it for identity theft.

    Florida ranks #1 in the nation identity theft. So beware who you give out your S.S. # too. No employer should ask about your bank statements or credit score. If they do, move on to the next job interview. They will just use your credit score report to sell to other firms. Every time someone request a credit report on you, your credit score goes down.

    The only way this country can change is to remove these politicians who are destroying this country. Both Democrats & Republicans have sold this country down the river for their own personal gains. Not only these politicians are Corrupt, but they are also Traitors to this Nation and the people who trusted in them.

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