Use the Holidays to Get Ahead of the Game
Jessica Higham works in the marketing department of Sellick Partnership, a recruitment agency specialising in the finance, accountancy, procurement and legal sectors. Established in 2002, the firm has expanded to six offices, offering recruitment solutions nationwide.
When December rolls around, it can be easy to get wrapped up in holiday cheer and forget that, soon enough, January will be here – and you will be back in work, doing a job you no longer love.
Although it’s important to take time away from work and the office in order to relax and recuperate, the holiday season can be a great time to get ahead of the game and start looking for that next role. Not only will the below actions have the potential to refresh your job search, they will put you in front of the competition when the New Year begins.
Hiring managers need holidays too, but that’s not a reason to stop applying for jobs or putting them off until ‘normal’ service resumes. Continuing to contact companies and sending your CV across will show that, despite the time of year, you’re committed to your job search and, consequently, your career.
Parties during the holiday season might seem like a purely social occasion, but there’s no harm in mentioning your current job search and what you’re looking for. As with any networking event, you never know who you might be talking to or who they know; no need for a hard sell on your skills or handing out CVs, just a short mention that will allow you to follow up with influential individuals at a later stage.
Use the season to boost your list of connections. What better reason for getting in touch than to wish someone a holiday greeting? Strengthen your current relationships and start new ones through LinkedIn connections and Tweets; if you disappear from social media altogether, your personal brand will be affected and you’ll simply be playing catch-up with your peers come January.
There’s no need to say goodbye to your holiday down time completely, but it’s important for your job search to stay professionally active during this period. Boost your profile with online and offline networking, take advantage of the opportunities this time gives you, and keep your focus on your desired end result.
Get out there and stay active in order to keep your name in the minds of decision makers. A little effort now will pay off in the New Year, and you’ll look back on the holidays as a productive time that helped you to move forward in your career.
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