There are many typical emotions surrounding the holiday season — cheer, excitement, surprise. All of these emotions add up to create the overall spirit felt during this time of year — unless you’ve embarked on the search for a new job.
The stress and frustration of searching for a new position often leaves job seekers feeling less than willing to get into the holiday spirit. It’s unfortunate to hear many job seekers actually put their searches on hold for the holidays.
Instead of giving up on your job search during the holidays, revitalize your search by tapping into the seemingly endless amount of seasonal spirit.
Tapping into the holiday spirit can do wonders for your attitude and level of inspiration. This doesn’t necessarily mean decking out your resume with poinsettias and holly, but it does mean looking for inspiration on how to improve your search for a job.
There’s no “one size fits all” method for getting inspired for your search, but many job seekers find inspiration by looking on Pinterest, LinkedIn, and reading news about their industry. Seek out inspiration for unique and driven ways to present yourself to employers, or simply stay up-to-date on news within your field.
You can also look for inspiration from networking connections, friends, and thought leaders. All of these people can impact which job boards you search, how your resume looks, and even your search tactics.
Keep In Touch
Another great aspect of holiday spirit is the emphasis it places on reconnecting with the people you know. Embracing this spirit can benefit your job search by allowing you to get back on track with your networking. Use the holidays to reconnect with your network, as well as boost your efforts and meet new people.
Take advantage of the many different forms of holiday parties, and even look for ways to create your own networking opportunities. If you haven’t spoken with a previous colleague in a while, use the holidays as an excuse to get back in touch and meet up to catch up over coffee. You never know who will be the connection to your next position, so it’s important to keep your networking efforts strong throughout your search, even during the holidays.
It’s common to create a wish list for your holiday gifts, but it can be also a practical tool for your search. Get in the spirit by creating lists to help manage and direct your job search. Start by creating a wish list of companies in which you are interested. This is a great way to better understand what you’re looking for in the way of company culture and what kinds of positions these companies have to offer.
Another useful list for your job search is one created to track the openings for which you plan to apply. This will increase the level of organization involved in your search and have a positive impact.
Do A Little Redecorating
This season always seems to bring out the decorator in all of us, and job seekers can certainly utilize this aspect of the holiday spirit to benefit their job searches. Focus your redecoration on updating your resume and online profiles to better represent yourself during the search. Create direct, concise, and keyword-focused statements that set you apart from the competition, as well as position as you as the perfect candidate.
Rather than putting your job search aside for the holidays, utilize the holiday spirit to add a little extra jolliness to your search. Find new ways to get and stay inspired, keep in touch with those who are crucial to your success, and manage your search in a new way.
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.