It feels like everything goes dead the last few weeks of the year; we all know it. But if you’re looking for a new job, that dead time can be a real downer. Six weeks is a long time to wait for a paycheck, or to get out of a job you hate. Fortunately, even though things do slow down in December, it’s not impossible to. Read on for the following six tips:
Take advantage of holiday events
Attend holiday events, both professional and social. These gatherings are amazing opportunities to expand your network and learn about potential job openings. Don’t be afraid to let people know you’re on the lookout for new opportunities. And don’t be afraid to take advantage of the open bar, if there is one.
Consider seasonal employment
Many businesses, especially in retail, hospitality, and event planning, experience a surge in demand during the holiday season. Look for temporary or seasonal job opportunities. They can help you get your foot in the door at a new organization, or build up your resume.
Use the time off to work on your resume and LinkedIn
December is dense with days off work, so use them to your advantage. Make sure your online presence is polished and reflects your current professional status.
Send holiday greetings
Use the seasonal excuse to reconnect with professional contacts. Send out holiday greetings or well wishes, and subtly mention your job search. This can be a non-intrusive way to remind people of your professional goals.
Understand that some companies might have a slower hiring process during December due to holidays and year-end tasks. Just think about your own holiday calendar—it’s probably packed. Be flexible with your schedule for interviews and start dates. Show that you are accommodating and willing to work around their timelines.
Because of how busy the holidays can be, follow ups are even more critical in December. If you’ve recently interviewed or submitted applications, consider sending a follow-up email expressing your continued interest in the position. Use this as an opportunity to reiterate your skills and enthusiasm for the role.
Remember, persistence and adaptability are key during the holiday job search. While it may be a slower time for some industries, it’s also a time when unexpected opportunities can arise—and when the holiday spirit might put your interviewers in a good week. Stay positive, keep networking, and be open to new opportunities.