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Looking for a Job in the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, you might be tempted to slow down on your job search.  Perhaps you are swamped with social engagements and you've noticed that the jobs advertised are few and far between.  Don't be so quick to give up on the year.  There are still lots of things that you can be doing that will contribute to your job search.  Here are a few ideas:

Keep checking the job ads.  While there are probably less jobs available at this time of year, some companies will still need to hire.  The good news is that you will likely be facing less competition, which could give you access to an opportunity that you wouldn't otherwise have.  Keep checking the job boards to see if anything pops up.      

Use holiday events strategically.  During the holidays there are so many social events that it can be difficult to find time for your job search.  Why not incorporate the holiday events into your job search strategy?!  This is an amazing opportunity to find allies in your job search.  Someone at that party could have a lead on your dream job.  The key is to be prepared with your elevator pitch and to be willing to talk to people about your job search.  After the party, don't forget to add your new contacts on LinkedIn and follow up with them after.     

Consider temporary opportunities.   The holiday season provides opportunities that are not available any other time of year.  For example, an employer may be facing the challenge of having staff that want to take time off and also tasks that need to be completed by the end of the year.  This could be a good time for you to get your foot into the door of a new company.  A temporary position can allow you to gain experience and develop skills that can lead to a full time job.    

Reconnect with your network.  With everyone in the festive spirit, it's a great time to reach out to the people in your network.  Wish them happy holidays and set up a time to meet for a coffee in the New Year.  When you engage with your network, they are much more likely to connect you with opportunities.  .   

Re-evaluate your plan.  If things start to get quiet during the holidays, it may be the perfect time for you to step back and evaluate your progress.  What has been working well with your job search?  What needs to change?  Are there a lot of positions available for your target job or do you need to take a closer look at the labour market?  Are you excited about your career, or is it time to revisit your career goals?

While there may be less postings available this time of year, there is still ample opportunity for you to further your job search goals.  If you can find a way to make the holidays a part of your job search strategy, you will be in the position to hit the ground running in the New Year. 


(Written by Karen Bivand, Image by