What To Anticipate From Your Job Search During the Holidays

Contrary to popular belief, looking for a job during the holiday season is one of the best times you can search. Many employers are ramping up their hiring needs for the new year and are actively seeking talent. With that said, what does that mean for you when searching for a job this holiday season? Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help you know what you should anticipate during your holiday job hunt.

Be patient.

While it is easy to send your application during the holidays, keep in mind, many key decision makers take off during this time to spend the holidays with their families. If you don’t hear back from an employer as soon as you apply, don’t fret. If you don’t hear anything by the second week of January, feel free to follow-up with the employer on the status of the position.

Ensure your Voicemail Greeting is professional incase you can’t answer the phone.

Nothing is worse than sending out your application and receiving a call from an Employer while you’re unavailable. If you are like most job seekers, your voicemail greeting isn’t top of mind. If you plan on applying for jobs during the holidays, it is always a good idea to double check your voicemail greeting to ensure it is professional and appropriate for hiring managers. Here are some tips to help ensure yours is up to speed.

Persistence is key.

Continue your search throughout the holidays. If the position you are seeking isn’t listed, set a time each day to check if any new ones have been added. Many budgets renew after New Years and should continue searching even into 2014.

Don’t be afraid to network.

If you anticipate seeing family or friends during the holidays, it is always a good idea to have your elevator pitch rehearsed, as you never know whom you may meet. Networking during the holidays can be one way to get your foot in the door with a potential employer. As the saying goes “It’s not what you know, but who you know”.

Relax & Enjoy

While searching for a job during the holidays may be the optimal time to find a job, it is still the holiday season. Spending time with your family and friends is what makes this time of year so important. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy the festivities.

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