7 Tips for a Strategic Job Search During the Holidays

Use your free time wisely

While it's important to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, consider using some of your free time to continue your job search.  Staying productive can help you maintain momentum, which may result in a job sooner rather than later.

Create a schedule

As you look for a job through the holidays, consider creating a job search schedule. This can help you consciously set aside time to look for a new position.  It can also help you establish a healthy balance between looking for a job and enjoying the fun and merriment of the season.

Reconnect with your network

Make an effort to network during the holiday season. Consider sending a friendly holiday email to your former colleagues or classmates.  In your email, you can mention that you're looking for a new job and ask if they know of any openings.

Attend holiday events

Consider attending any holiday events or parties where you can connect with current and former colleagues. Attending these events also gives you a chance to share your business cards. If someone you shared a business card with learns of a job opening you might find interesting, they may contact you to see if you're interested.

Update your resume

As you look for a job during the holidays, update your resume to reflect your current capabilities and achievements.  Since your resume often serves the hiring manager's first impression of you, it's important to create a memorable document that 

Update your resume

highlights your strongest qualifications. Make sure it's relevant to the job you're interested in, free of typos and showcases your ability to do the job.

Become a volunteer

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and meet new people who you can add to your network. It's also a great opportunity to build valuable skills for your future career. If you decide to volunteer, you can even list your experience on your resume.

Consider a seasonal job

While you may seek a permanent position, a seasonal job gives you the opportunity to learn or develop your skills and add another qualification to your resume. Even if the seasonal job isn't in your industry, you can grow your transferable skills, such as your communication, multitasking and interpersonal skills.



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