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5 Ways to Job Search During the Holidays

Hiring tends to slow down during the holidays, but don't let that slow you down. Consider these five tips to improve your job search.

You really want to have a holly jolly Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, but your job search has you feeling like the Grinch. And for good reason: hiring does tend to slow down over the holidays, but there are still things that job seekers can do to improve their chances of finding work. Job search during the holidays with these five tips.

Stay focused.
It goes without saying that if you’re not actively pursuing a position, none will come to you. So even if it feels like the rest of the world is gainfully employed (and you’re, um, not), don’t feel all bah humbug about yourself. Staying focused on your search will help you stay the course even during the holiday season. Use this time to make a list of companies you’d like to work for, and don’t talk yourself out of applying for positions. After all, if you stop applying for jobs, you’ll lose your momentum—and if it’s taken a while for you to even get a grasp on your job search—you might lose your nerve altogether.

Get social.
With the smell of yummy foods and the hustle and bustle of shoppers, almost everyone feels more charitable during the holidays. So take advantage of the good feelings the holidays bring to spread the word that you’re looking for work. Speak to friends and family, but be sure to be specific about the type of job you’re looking for. Otherwise your well-meaning Aunt Edna might recommend you for a job that you really, really don’t want!

Look to seasonal jobs.
Sure, you want a full-time position, but that doesn’t mean your job search shouldn’t include seasonal jobs. Why? For starters, a seasonal job can help you get your foot in the door at a company you want to work for. Also, some seasonal gigs don’t end on December 31st; many extend beyond the holidays and into the early months of the new year. And something else to keep in mind: bosses will often hire for new positions from within the company, and if you’ve been a stellar seasonal worker, you can greatly increase your chances of getting hired—permanently.

Spruce up your skills.
Job searching can start off fun and exciting, and as time goes on, become soul crushing and depressing. It’s up to you, though, to keep it interesting. One way to achieve that is by (temporarily) taking your mind off of applying for positions and finding other ways to make yourself marketable. So look at the jobs you’d like to have and review their requirements—do you find that you might need some skills or certifications you don’t currently have? You might want to consider going back to school or taking some online classes to help advance yourself. That way, you can apply for better positions with better pay, which can be quite motivating!

Be persistent—and positive.
You had your heart set on working for one specific company, but you never heard back from the employer after you sent in your job application. That doesn’t mean you can’t apply again—and again. Being persistent is a plus when it comes to job hunting; after all, you never know when a new position might open up and your persistence will pay off. But above all, try to stay positive during your job search. By sporting a positive outlook, you’ll better your chances of finding a job that you like and want.

It can be hard to job search during the holidays. So fight your desire to call off your job search until the new year and be proactive in your quest for finding flexible work. You’ll start off your new year on the right foot—and possibly employed!

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