If there is any time of the year where job searching is most unappealing, it would be the festive season. While most of the work force are winding down for a few days of rest and relaxation, job seekers are stressing about paying the bills and affording the Christmas turkey. It’s enough to make you want to drown yourself in a vat of mulled wine – but don’t lose hope just yet. With just weeks to go before the big celebration we know what you can do to really get on top of your job search and to keep your spirits lifted!
The key to job searching over the Christmas period is to use it to your advantage, there is a common misconception that Companies do not employ toward the end of the year, they’re too busy, there’s no budget – whatever the myth is, it’s not true! A lot of people will be taking it easy, but the jobs are still out there and only the dedicated few will keep their search up, ensure you are one of those people and you will find that 2016 will be the year you get your dream job.
1. Clean up your CV
This is a general necessity but it will certainly make applying for jobs easier if you’re CV is pre-prepared before you settle down for a long day of applying for jobs, make sure your CV is reader-friendly and relates to the type of jobs you are applying for. Once you’ve done this you can put the Christmas tree up!
2. Take some time to send personal emails
Christmas is a busy period but it’s very quiet for job applications. The jobs are still out there, trust us, but people aren’t applying for various reasons. If someone is in employment they will typically wait until the New Year to search for a job again and if they are not in employment then more often than not they will resign themselves to enjoying the season while they have the time, take this as your chance to introduce yourselves to Companies that are employing and not receiving as many applications as they would usually. One email to the right Company, letting them know how interested you are in a certain role they are advertising could show how dedicated you are to finding employment and how keen you are for an interview.
3. Take a holiday job/temporary role
It doesn’t just happen in retail and it may not be your ideal role. Many Companies look for temporary staff to assist with end of year clean-ups that are inevitably going to be a last minute, hectic job that no one really has time for. It may not be exactly what you are looking for but it always has the potential to be a step in the right direction. Not only will it keep you busy (and paid) over the Christmas period, but play your cards right and your temporary employer could be taking you on permanently.
4. Separate the job hunt from Christmas festivities
It would be really easy to sit in front of the TV with a mug of hot chocolate and a Christmas movie to watch with your laptop open in front of you and an abundance of job boards open on the screen, but what is likely to happen is you will get into the film and the laptop will slowly be moved to the floor and then you will be frustrated with yourself for not getting anything done. If you are unemployed treat your day time as general working hours, start at a certain time, take a lunch break and then continue to job search during the afternoon. Find ways to motivate your job search and keep your mind away from enjoying festivities. We’d all like to be enjoying the Christmas season but the workforce doesn’t stop unfortunately and neither should your search for the perfect job.
5. Plan the New Year
Be ready to really take control of your job search in the New Year, develop a clear and concise plan of attack! Set goals, update your social media profiles and begin the year ready and raring to go!
Don’t let your job search get you down and cloud your enjoyment for a season that is certainly meant to be enjoyed and spent with family and friends, but equally don’t let a few days ruin a whole months’ worth of valuable networking and job seeking. The best thing to do is plan your time, prepare your applications and try not stress – even applying for one good job a day is better than nothing! Good luck and Merry Christmas!