At this time of year, many people are gearing down from other activities as they prepare for the holidays. “I will get back on track in the new year” is a common phrase used by many. Yet the holiday season can provide excellent opportunities for networking as we attend events where we may not have seen people for a very long time. This gives us the opportunity to have a conversation in a more relaxed setting.
While the Christmas season is not an ideal time to be able to access hiring managers, there are many things you can do to sustain your momentum.
- Continue to view job postings, revise your resume accordingly and apply for suitable positions.
- Give your LinkedIn account a makeover, ensuring that your skills, job interests, background summary and Call to Action are current.
- Take your references out for a coffee to retain contact.
- Make a list of employers you would like to cold call in the new year and refine your script.
- Follow the social media posts channels of your local employment agencies for tips and events.
- Take some time over the holidays to regroup, recharge and reconnect. This is a great time to hand out networking cards.
- Read interesting articles related to your field.
- Set specific short-term and long-term goals related to job search, retraining or community involvement for the upcoming year.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Be mindful of what you are sharing online to ensure you have a positive digital footprint.
- Make a list of your accomplishments in the past year.
- Retain some type of schedule during the holidays regarding eating, sleeping and job search.
- Utilize social events as a networking opportunity.
- Talk to friends and family to let them know what you are looking for.
- Chill out and enjoy the holidays. Spent quality time with friends and family.
- Leisure time and relationships help provide balance, perspective, motivation and relaxation.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to helping you meet your goals in 2020!