Christmas Season Tips for your job search

Holiday Networking: A Gift That Lasts

Holiday parties should be regarded as an opportunity. You never know when people who hold the key to your next job are present. Then you go to a party, don't overindulge and don't whine about your current job. Try to look and act professional at all times. Try to listen carefully to the conversation and pick up on leads or problems a fellow guest is talking about. This could be the open door leading you to your next job.

The Festive Season Job Search Legends

The holidays are a busy time, so who has time for job searching? Coupled with the busy holiday season, many holiday job searchers consider the time from Thanksgiving until New Year's to not be worth the time invested for job searching. But they could not be more wrong! During the holiday season the number of available jobs increases as employers are looking for seasonal help.

And competition decreases, as job seekers are diverted into seasonal jobs instead of long-term employment. Hiring managers are occupied with filling seasonal positions and are more likely to be available for interviews. The timing to find a job could not be more perfect. Hiring managers use the end of the year as a time to meet their hiring budget, force out older employees' vacation days with the help of new hires, and gear up staffing to begin the new year.

Your Holiday Job could be your next Permanent Employment

A holiday job should be regarded similar to any other temporary job. If you do well at a temp job or holiday work, the company might consider keeping you for post holiday employment and turning your job into a permanent position. Many people find lasting work that they enjoy by doing holiday jobs. Employers do not know, though, that someone is interested in remaining an employee after the holidays unless they speak up and mention their interest. An employee who is hoping for long-term employment should make their interest known well before the holiday season is over, and continue to perform at their best all through the season. Why should someone make their interest known before the holiday season is over? This gives the company time to consider who they will be keeping and to fill out all necessary paperwork. If for some reason they cannot retain you after the holidays, it is important to remember to be courteous and send a thank you note. Briefly check in with them to see if they are hiring and mention your history of working for them when you do. A job might not immediately come from a temporary holiday position but may come months after the fact. A temporary layoff in January of most employers is followed by a rehiring in February.

Job Hunting Takes No Holiday

Some who are unemployed think that the holiday season is the worst time to be looking for a job. It is a general misconception that with so much going on during the busy holiday season, that job hunters will take time off to do other things. Job hunting has its benefits, such as stopping the depressed feeling that may come with being unemployed during the holidays. Businesses that are gearing up for the beginning of 2008 might also need additional staffing to get things wrapped up for the end of the year and the beginning of the new year. The job search is a process that should never be let up on, and continue with consistency. Some companies are now beginning to forecast who they will be hiring in January and February and already beginning the process, weeks before Christmas arrives.

Five Reasons The Holidays Are Great For Job Searching:

Companies may still continue to hire during the holidays, despite the busy, crazy bustle of the season. Reasons may vary from business to business, but a lucrative job seeker who wants a job can find one if they put forth the effort to search. Five reasons that companies may continue to hire during the holidays

  • Many companies must spend whatever money they have left in their hiring budget. If they don't they lose that amount as part of next year's funds.
  • People tend to like to start out the new year with everything settled and no loose ends. This may mean hiring extra people in anticipation of staffing problems or taking care of any vacant positions now instead of waiting until January.
  • Many people quit this time of year, anticipating that they can spend the holidays with their family by doing so and then getting a fresh start in January with a new job.
  • Recruiters are trying hard to up their end of years sales figures and are searching with zeal to place people in jobs and make their year's performance figures spike.
  • Holidays bring parties and special events, but hiring events still go forward, and there are still business requirements that must be met. Many people think that the holidays temporarily suspend hiring when in fact they do not.
  • Networking At Holiday Parties

    Holiday parties bring more than just temptation to ruin your diet. These parties and social gatherings can be used as an opportunity to network if one does it smartly, maybe landing themselves a better job in the coming year. You can meet a wider scope of people at a holiday party that may not be possible at a regular gathering. There are some simple factors to keep in mind.

    Dress conservatively. There are people who are looking at you and wondering who you are, and the first impression they may get is of your physical appearance from a distance. Watch your clothing, behaviour, and alcohol consumption.

    Stay casual and relaxed. While this may be a great opportunity, being aggressive about seeking a new position can be a turnoff to potential employers.

    Be prepared. While it is not possible or advisable to carry around full copies of your resume to parties, there is nothing wrong with having a supply of business cards and it can be a great way of sealing a interaction.
    every occasion where one may be needed. It is best to just be prepared.