You’ve decided to end the year by beginning to look for a new job. So, what can you do to ensure your success? Here are three tips to make the most of your December job search.
How to Make the Most of Your December Job Search
December is a fantastic time to build and re-establish your network. Seasonal parties and gatherings are a perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new connections. And if you’ve let some of your professional relationships slide, consider reconnecting with a greeting card or “thinking of you” text. You could even suggest meeting up for a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Although you may choose to mention your job hunt at some point, generally, keep your December networking friendly and light. Most people want to focus on creating a sense of goodwill during the holidays, NOT business as usual. Therefore, emphasize the long-term value of meaningful relationships that allow both you and others to improve your careers.
It’s tempting to wait until after New Year’s to officially begin applying for jobs. After all, you’re probably busy with dinners, parties and shopping. Besides, most companies don’t hire until January or February anyway. Nevertheless, delaying your search puts you at a disadvantage. Why? Basically, there’s lots more competition when the holidays end. In fact, research shows, 8 of the top 10 days for job searching land in January. Having your resume already in the system, or at less ready to go, automatically puts you ahead of everyone else. Even if you don’t land a job in December, you could be first in line for an early January interview.
Consider Temporary Assignments
It’s true. Some companies are less likely to hire permanent employees in December, but others are desperate for seasonal help. Especially if you’re unemployed or looking for your first job, temporary assignments are a clever career move. Roles related to your chosen field allow you to gain real-life experience and expand your list of references. Plus, many companies prefer to hire great temps rather than recruiting from scratch. Therefore, this could be a smart tactic to get your foot in the door. Even if a temporary position isn’t exactly what you had in mind, you still can network, build transferable skills AND earn extra money to cover all those end-of-the-year bills!
Are You Searching for a New Job This December?
Halpin Staffing Services would be happy to assist you with your search? Our recruiters place general laborers, skilled trades workers, warehouse associates, clerical staff, and other professionals with top companies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. We’re currently looking to fill a wide variety of both temporary and permanent roles. Browse all our available openings and discover your next opportunity today!