Christmas is that wonderful time of year where everything seems to be put on hold for a few days. Family get together and the Christmas spirit begins to flow. Many therefore think that this calls for a complete pause on job hunting and a time to relax.
However, that is not the case! Of course enjoy the holidays and everything it provides, but be sure to utilise every opportunity to the maximum. Networking is crucial during the holidays with parties being thrown almost every night. Dress smart, don’t over indulge and attempt to make a few worthwhile contacts. One of the most important pieces of advice is not to whine about your current situation; whether you’re unemployed or in a less than desirable job, stay upbeat and try to make a positive impression.
It may feel like the whole world is off having fun and enjoying themselves, so why should you stay in job hunting? Well that’s exactly the reason! Everyone else is off partying so therefore there is less competition for each job role. There is also often more work available at Christmas with employers seeking seasonal employment. Less competition and more jobs available can only be a good thing! Temporary work may not be exactly what you are looking for, but New Year for employers often means a fresh start, therefore excel in your role and temporary could become permanent.
Balance here is the key. Enjoy the Christmas period of course but be sure to keep all eyes and ears open about possible job opportunities. Be sure to take advantage of the seasonal spirit and meet a wide range of people without being a pushy job hunter!
JobZoo Top Christmas Job Hunting Tips:
* Carry business cards with you when you head out to Christmas parties
* Spend those cold days inside perfecting and updating your CV - http://www.jobzoo.co.uk/cv_zone/
* Plan the next few weeks by creating a spread sheet of jobs you want to apply for, who you need to contact and what the role is
* Write your goals down for 2013 and pin them up somewhere in your home
* Clean up your online profiles. Be sure Facebook is set to private and there are no incriminating photos loose on the internet
* Do your research. Be sure you know every nook and cranny of the companies you are planning to apply for a job with
* Broaden your horizons by looking for jobs abroad - http://www.jobzoo.co.uk/useful_info/government_schemes/ecctis/
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