As we start to wind down 2012, I have an important question to ask my job-seekers… are you slowing down your search during the holiday season?
While it’s true that many decision makers may be taking time off and may not be available, the opposite is also true. Business travel tends to slow down during the holidays and individuals with heavy travel schedules may be around the office during the next month.
I advise that if you are in job search mode, keep the momentum going throughout the holiday season. And, if you are about to make a change, this may be a good time to get started. Networking opportunities may be more available at this time and it may be easier for you to make some new connections.
Since many applicants assume during the holiday season that it’s not worth it to send out the résumé, you may find yourself with a competitive edge if you do get your résumé on a decision-maker’s desk.
Holiday parties and festive moods are good reasons to connect and reach out to people who you don’t see on a daily basis such as former colleagues, old friends, and others in your network. Be sure to let people know what type of position you are looking for, ask if they can introduce you to someone who can assist you in your search, and be sure to follow up.
Michelle A. Riklan, ACRW, CPRW, CEIC
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Local resident Michelle A. Riklan is a certified professional résumé writer, career coach, speaker, author, and employment interview consultant.