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We’re In the Slowest Hiring Season Of the Year—What Can Job Seekers Do?

11/29/18

ben-white-292680-unsplash-resizedFor many, the holiday season brings to mind comfort, relaxation, and cheer. As Forbes notes, “It becomes an unwritten, unspoken tradition that from late November to about the second week of January, we are all going to collectively coast. We’ll pretend to work and go through the motions, but—in reality—everyone is secretly watching Elf or vigilantly waiting for for Amazon’s sales specials.” But for job seekers, the holiday season can be anxiety-ridden and stressful. Waiting to hear back from recruiters takes long enough; now who knows when they’ll get back to you—a few weeks, a few months?

While many employees and employers may be coasting during this time period, there still are many companies hiring. As Business2Community notes, there may be less competition for job openings during the holidays. “If other job seekers took the ‘wait until after New Year’s’ approach, that could mean there are fewer people vying for open positions. Others may overlook these opportunities because they’ve put a pause on their search.”

So, how can you stand out during your job search during the holiday season? Here are a few tips:

Send personalized holiday messages to connect with others.

Career coach Alyson Garrido says, “Send year-end notes wishing your contacts a joyous holiday season or happy new year. It’s an easy way to keep in touch and stay on your contacts’ radar without asking scheduling a coffee or asking a question. Simple, personalized notes make a lasting impression.”

Apply for temporary or seasonal jobs—oftentimes they can become permanent roles.

Even if it ends up not turning into a full-time job, it’s a great way to meet people in your industry and learn new skills. Plus, someone might know of another job available or give you job searching tips you hadn’t thought of before.

Use holiday parties and social gatherings as an opportunity to network.

Some people might dread going to holiday parties because they know they’ll ultimately have to answer the “what do you do?” or “what have you been up to?” question. It can be a real hit to the ego having to admit, to guest after guest, that you’re unemployed. But holiday parties can be a great opportunity to let people know you’re looking for a new role and how you’ve been working toward your goals. Executive coach Roy Cohen advises, “Have your elevator pitch—who you are, what you want and why—ready and perfect.”

If you’re interested in learning more about job hunting successfully, contact Pisani Recruiting today for a free consultation. And while it’s important to continue your job search during the holiday season, also make sure to take a break as well. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Applying for jobs is a full-time job in itself, so be sure to take a vacation!

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