Job searching during the holiday season – yes, or no?
Are you considering winding down on job searching during the holiday season? If the answer is yes, think again. Contrary to popular belief and myths, Christmas is a really good time to rev up on the job search front.
6 Reasons to continue job searching during the holiday season
If you’re planning on putting the job search on the backburner during the festive period because you’re unsure of continuing, here are a few reasons to keep that ball rolling.
1. There’s less competition
2. Businesses and recruitment continue
3. There are more networking opportunities
4. Keep your business mind active instead of switching it off completely
How to effectively job search during the holiday season
Now that you know why the holiday season is a good time to keep charging forward in your endeavours to find that dream role, it’s time to set yourself a plan of action. To help you along, here are a few tips.
1. Create a schedule
Job searching doesn’t have to take up all your time. So, if you’re worried it’s going to eat into your celebrations and holidays, don’t be. Instead, set aside time every day (it may be 30 minutes, an hour, or may be two) to search job boards and send applications.
2. Consider your career goals
To get the most out of your job search and, in turn, have career satisfaction, it’s essential to define what your career goals are. So, what better time to do it than during the holidays. Take this time to consider what it is you want from your next employer and career opportunity.
3. Revisit and update your resume
Take advantage of the lack of applicants during this time and update your resume and cover letter. This is your chance to stand out amongst the minimal competition and have a better shot at landing the job.
4. Start networking
The festive period is known for having plenty of networking opportunities, with several corporate events taking place. Whilst you can’t gatecrash an office Christmas party, you may be able to tag along with a friend or partner to theirs or attend open events. You never know who you’ll meet!
Don’t forget to continue to network on digital platforms such as LinkedIn. Remember, recruiters and hiring managers are still on the lookout for talent. So, start connecting.
5. Brush up on your interview skills
Now’s a better time than ever to brush up on your interview skills. Make the most of the time you have and practise mock interviews with family or a friend. Prepare for a virtual interview by ensuring you have all the correct systems and tools in place.
6. Take it one step further and upskill
Whether you plan to change career directions or take the next step up, if you’re super keen and have some time, learn new skills, expand, and update your knowledge on current and future tools and practices, or get a certification. It will help you stand out in front of prospective employers and against any competition. There are plenty of online courses available. For instance, Jem Med offers some great ones.
Don’t forget to switch off
Whilst we bust the common myths surrounding job searching during the holiday season, if there is one thing the COVID pandemic has brought to light is how important self-care is. So, bearing this is mind, put yourself, your overall health, and your family first. Instead of running yourself to the ground, you may find it better to switch off during the holiday period from all things work. And instead enter the new year relaxed, recharged, and ready to go.
Prepare for new opportunities in the new year with DukeMed
Get ready to kick start your new year on the right foot with the Medtech career opportunities available at DukeMed.
If you can’t find one that you’re looking for, don’t worry.
We’ve always got exciting new opportunities opening and one of those could be the one you are waiting for.