The weather outside may be frightful (somewhere) during the holidays, but your job search could be delightful. If you’re considering giving your job hunt a holiday, you could be missing out on an opportunity to ring in the new year with a job.
Holding off on your job search during the holiday season is just one of the myths we’re busting for job seekers.
Myth: You can’t network during the holidays.
You can use holiday parties and social events to meet potential employers without making a hard sell. The personal connection you make at a holiday activity, whether it’s an office party, neighborhood caroling, or school event for your kids, could be a key networking opportunity that you can follow up on during December or as the new year begins. If you’re at an adult event, don’t dip into the eggnog too much, since you want to make the best impression possible.
Myth: Employers are not around or too busy as year-end approaches.
Keep a merry mood while following up with contacts you met earlier in the year or while introducing yourself to new folks. Putting in a phone call to a potential employer during the month of December could pay off. This time of the year may be slower and business owners or human resources managers could be more apt to answer the phone and talk, and other job candidates may have backed off. Also, some employers may discover as the end of the year approaches that they have money in the budget to hire a part-time or full-time person, and you want that person to be you!
Myth: Temporary or seasonal jobs are not helpful.
The free time that you may have during the holidays could help out an employer who is in a tough situation due to employees taking vacation time before the year ends. By finding seasonal work, you could fill in for absent workers or be used by employers who experience an increase in business during the holidays. If you perform well, it could lead to a permanent opportunity in the future. Even if that employer is not hiring, the skills you build and experience you gain could bolster your resume and qualify you for positions you previously couldn’t pursue.
Myth: Social media is a waste of time when job hunting.
In fact, some employers are turning to social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook when hiring. Some finding candidates via social media or looking at how you’re using social media to determine if you would be a wise choice for the position. Some candidates are going as far to create a “twesume,” to appeal to social media-savvy employers.
Myth: No one wants me.
Consider your skills and abilities a gift to employers, and work on pitching yourself as someone who can be a valuable asset to a company. Promote yourself in person, via social media, online via your own website or digital portfolio, and using other tools, such as hand-written holiday cards or notes, so that an employer can’t resist offering you the present at the top of your list this holiday season: a job.