Moving Your Job Search Ahead During the Holidays

For many people, the holiday season is a great time to relax and have some fun. However, as a job seeker, you may not want to allow yourself this luxury. So, rather than take a break, you can intensify your job hunt this season.

In fact, the holidays are usually a great time to move your job search ahead as the competition tends to be less. Fewer people continue their job hunting this season.

This then raises the question, "how can you move your job search ahead this holiday season?" In this article, we'll be giving you some useful tips on how you can do that.

Steps On Moving Your Job Search Ahead During the Holiday

If you're going to move your job ahead during the holiday season, there are a few steps to follow. They include:

1. Keep looking at the right places

Be on the lookout for companies that are currently hiring and target your search towards them. Because it's the holidays that doesn't mean that some companies won't still be hiring.

As such, it's important that you're at the forefront when these companies begin their search.

One way to do that is to set a job alert on Google. That way, you'll be notified once there's an opening that matches your specifications. You can also search the organization's website to know if they have a vacancy for the job you are searching for.

Another way to know that you're looking in the right places is to make online connections. In this age and time, most organizations have an online presence. You can follow companies you are targeting for jobs on their various platforms.

That way, you will always be informed about what is going on in the company. You'll know when they're hiring and be able to be one of the first people to apply.

You can also like, share and make intelligent comments on the posts they put up on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Connect with the managers too. Doing these will make you a familiar name which can give you an upper hand when they're hiring.

2. Update your resume and practice your interviewing skills

If your resume is not yet updated, make sure you give it a makeover. Remove irrelevant job experiences from your resume, to ensure it matches your current job search. Also, remember to keep it short. Most employers are busy and may not have time to read over a long resume.

Nonetheless, make sure that all the relevant information is available.

As you keep job hunting, you need to also get ready for interviews. Many corporations now carry out remote interviews, especially since it's the holidays. This means that you won't have to go to their office for the interview. Instead, it'll be via an online tool.

On that note, you need to become familiar with such online tools in advance. Practice using video conferencing tools like Zoom and Google Meet. That way, you won't seem inept once the need arises.

If the interview is going to be offline, always remember that first impressions matter a lot. Dress very well and do not be late, no matter what.

3. Optimize your online presence

Most employers check out their prospective employees online before giving them a job. As such, it's essential that your online profiles are attractive and portray you as having the qualities that are required for the job.

Google your name and get to know if anyone who looks for you online will like what they see. Ask yourself, "would you hire yourself if you were the employer?" If the answer is negative, you need to begin cleaning up your online profile. This may mean deleting various posts and pictures.

4. Learn from your past experiences

Sit down and reflect on the previous jobs you applied for and interviews you've had recently. What did you do that you shouldn't have done? Or what didn't you do that you should have?

You'll find areas you need to improve on and what to work on for your professional growth.

5. Upskill

The world is moving on, upgrading from time to time, and so should you. If you're going to stay ahead, you need to have all the necessary skills and training that may be relevant.

So, sit down and write down your current skills and career goals. Do you have all the required skills to make your goals a reality? Are there additional skills you need to learn? Lessons to take?

If there are, now is the time to upskill. Make sure it is a skill that would help you to get that job you are searching for. You can take online courses, read books, and practice other personal development techniques. 

Adding new skills to your skillset will make you a more valuable candidate for jobs.

6. Part-time jobs can turn into a permanent one

In your search for a job, you don't have to focus on getting only full-time employment. Part-time jobs are a great way to boost your resume and build the skills you would need for your long-term goals. More importantly, they can become full-time jobs if you make yourself invaluable to the company.

7. Do not give up

Even after doing everything right, it's possible that your dream job may not be forthcoming. As discouraging as that may be, it doesn't mean that you should give up. Keep a positive mindset and keep going at it.

Bottom line

With these tips, you can find that dream job during the holiday season. It'll be a great holiday gift to yourself. Nonetheless, job hunting can get challenging and tiring. But with the right coaching, you can achieve career fulfillment. At Vanderyacht Consulting, we can help you realize your career potential and create a road plan to getting that dream job. With our optimal support and personalized strategies, you can achieve professional and personal satisfaction. Go ahead and book your call now

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