Ah, the holidays— buying and wrapping presents, ugly sweater parties, family gatherings… and preparing for a new job. The holiday season is a great time to polish your resume, your shoes, and ring in the New Year with a new career.
Get focused and refocus
Take the time to evaluate your career goals: where you’ve been and where you want to go. Now is the time to focus on next steps, and the holiday season is the best time to do this! Dust off the old resume and give it a good polish—adding more direction. Once you review your existing resume, you may decide it makes sense to have a professional resume writer help edit or build an entirely new resume. Before doing so, you should know what your desired position will be, so they are better able to craft your resume.
The holidays are a great time to connect with former colleagues, friends, and of course, family. When out at family gatherings, let people know you’re searching for a new career and get your “feelers” out. Establish or re-establish some of your Linkedin connections and invite them out to lunch and do some good old-fashioned networking.
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Lack of competition
Many people are under the impression that the holidays are a slow time of year and companies aren’t looking to hire. Companies are also looking to the New Year and bringing on additional employees. You make a New Year’s resolution, and so do companies. So while other candidates are taking it easy and not actively searching, this is the best time for you to sneak in and beat your competition to the finish line.
Relaxation is just as important
Keep in mind this is the holiday season and you should also relax and enjoy time with your family, even if you’re on the hunt for a new career. Relaxation is all part of the process and getting yourself energized for that new career path that lies ahead of you is important. Be careful to not relax too much and to stay focused. Cheers to a New Year and to the new you!