In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is just a couple of days away. For most companies, this is a slow period in the HR department. Few jobs are posted over the holidays, and for those that are listed, many staff members are out of the office and not checking out the new applicants.
However, this doesn’t mean that your job search should go silent.
Ignore the job boards
Checking on Monster, CareerBuilder, Jobing and Craigslist right now is a fast track to a bad mood. Seeing a decline in the amount of available jobs can have a very disheartening effect.
The solution is simple: don’t go there. If you’re worried about a great opportunity, limit your time on these sites to just an hour – for all of them combined. Trust me, HR is not cranking through a lot of applicants right now, so even if you apply immediately, you won’t get an answer until after the holidays.
Refine your materials
Now is a great time to revise your resume and LinkedIn profiles. Check out your Facebook page to make sure nothing embarrassing to future employers is posted publicly.
Get feedback while you network
Along with the revisions, get feedback from other people. It may seem weird to bring your resume to a family Christmas dinner, but this serves several points: it reminds everyone that you’re looking for a job; it reminds them of what you do; and you get more “eyes” on your resume to help spot errors.
Another idea is to email Christmas cards, especially ones sent to your professional contacts and employed friends. In addition to your holiday message, include a link to your LinkedIn profile while asking their opinion of your profile. Once again, the benefit is to stay forefront in people’s minds.
Gifts that keep on giving
Rather than buying presents for people, offer them your services. This could be a chance to demonstrate your work for them. Know a small business owner? Offering to help straighten up her office is a great lead-in to learn more about the company.
Volunteers are needed year-round, and especially in the end-of-year cycles. Volunteering can help open doors to a job at a non-profit. Plus, you get to network with a wide variety of individuals while doing service. The Colorado Non-Profit Association (aka CANPO) is a great source for local nonprofits, including a job board, information on the company members, current news and all types of information on the local nonprofit industry.
The Hallelujah Chorus
The best thing you can do for your job search in the holidays is look back on this past year and point out the positive results you have achieved.
Did you make a lot of new contacts? Have you established a good job search strategy? Did you perfect your resume? Did you learn more about jobs in your industry?
When we can end the year on a grateful note, we are more likely to begin the next with a positive and hopeful attitude. Hallelujah!
About the Author
Donna Shannon, a former corporate recruiter and president of Coyote Visions, helps job seekers land their dream jobs with practical advice and guidance. Her book, “Get a Job Without Going Crazy,” is available on Amazon.com and the Tattered Cover Book Stores.