Gift of the Season: A New Job
By Brent Warman.
I have found, through my experience as a Career Development Practitioner working with clients, that many “take a break” during the Holiday Season. Typically, they take time off from job searching from American Thanksgiving to about the first week of January. However, this could mean missing out on some great opportunities including potential job offers.
Since so many job seekers choose not to perform their job search until after the Holiday Season, it is a good time for proactive clients to take advantage of less competition. For most employers, the month of December is “business as usual.” Many are hoping to fill positions before the end of the year, or to get off to a fresh start in the New Year with new staff.
The Holiday Season presents opportunities for networking with an abundance of parties and other events taking place. Many faith-based organizations, professional organizations, and clubs host events which could provide opportunities to meet other people sharing similar interests. This is a valuable way to meet potential contacts that could connect clients with job leads. A client could potentially meet the new boss.
There are many volunteer activities that take place with community and faith-based organizations. It is a great way to help out the community and to “give back” while uncovering possible job opportunities with those organizations. Many volunteers giving their time working on projects in the communities also work for companies in the corporate world. A job seeker who makes a good impression with such a member of the volunteer team might get that “big break” that he/she is looking for.
The Holiday Season is a good time to catch up with friends, family, and old colleagues through making phone calls, emails, and sending out special holiday cards. They could be great resources to guide job seekers toward potential employment opportunities.
The Holiday Season presents other opportunities to plan ahead for the New Year. It is a great time to update the resume, reflect on career successes through the past year, explore potential career opportunities, set career goals, and to develop new strategies for achieving goals.
The effort put forth during the holiday season for job seekers has the potential to pay off with an offer especially if there is less competition. The Holiday Season, with its generally festive mood, presents opportunities for job seekers to connect with people that could make a difference in his/her career.
For the job seeker, the Holiday Season could truly be a “gift that keeps on giving” for many years.