Job Searching During the Holidays

You might get a break from classes during the holidays; but if you are like most students, this doesn’t mean your calendar will be empty. If you are looking for a job or internship, it’s easy to let the merriment of the season distract you; however the holidays are a great time to continue (or begin) a job search. The end of the year is prime time for new job openings. Contrary to popular belief, employers are still hiring during the holidays and in fact, there are some advantages to applying during the holiday season. For instance, other job seekers might be taking this time off from the job search resulting in a less competition for savvy job seekers who continue their search. In addition, many people retire, or get promoted, and companies begin new budget cycles in the new year. While many of the available jobs during this season may be in retail or warehouse, these positions could be a foot in the door leading to better opportunities in the future.

Holiday parties and events also present an opportunity to create new contacts. This is a grHoliday Party Photo eat time for networking, so use these events to your advantage. This article by Payscale.com offers some great advice and tips for networking at holiday parties. Likewise, doing volunteer work can be a great way to expand your network and meet people who can help with your job search. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), found that, “Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers”.  Remember, networking is still the number one way to find employment. Never discount any connection you have. Mention to your dear old Aunt Betty that you are looking for an internship in accounting and you never know what might happen…

 

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