For many, Christmas is a great time to sit back and relax. It's all about family and friends and having a well earned break. But if you are thinking about a career move, whether its a promotion or a new job all together then you can also use this time to help ensure your career gets off to a great start in the New Year.
looking for a new job? If there is any time of the year where job searching is most unappealing, it would be the festive season.. BUT you can use jobseeking over Christmas to your advantage!
There is a common misconception that Companies do not employ toward the end of the year, but the jobs are still out there and only the dedicated few will keep their search up, ensure you are one of those people and you will find that 2018 will be the year you get your dream job.
Tip 1: Take time to review your career options
Don’t rush into job searching. There are always options and you should research different alternatives to establish which is the best path for you before starting to send off your CV. This includes looking at whether there are any internal opportunities at work. Perhaps you should arrange to have a career conversation with your manager to see how you can develop your career. Look at roles that interest you in different organisations and new sectors and research the selection criteria so that you know if these are jobs you could apply for now, or whether you need additional skills or experience to become a strong candidate. Consider working freelance, setting up your own business, or creating a portfolio career where you work in a number of different professional role
Tip 2: Office Christmas parties
Office Christmas parties are a great time to talk to key people within your organisation who you would not normally have easy access to. Introduce yourself and ask whether you can come and see them in the New Year. They are far more likely to be responsive to this rather than an email out of the blue from someone they half-know. The same goes for parties outside the workplace. Make the most of talking to new people, explaining what you are looking for next career-wise and seeing if they may have some useful advice and suggestions. Have fun at your parties but also use them to start career conversations and build upon relationships that you can follow-up in the New Year.
Tip 3: Re-establish old connections
Christmas is the perfect time to get together with connections you have not seen in a while. Invite them for coffee or lunch where during the course of your discussions you can ask their advice, remind them of your skills and ensure that they keep you in mind for any opportunities that might arise in their network.
Tip 4: Get your Christmas card list ready
Send Christmas cards electronically or by post to your connections with a nice, thoughtful message. This helps remind them that you are around should they or someone they know be looking for someone with your professional background.
Tip 5: Revamp your CV
If you are looking for a new role, the Christmas break is the ideal time to spruce up your CV. Make sure you add any new skills and achievements, tailor your CV to the jobs you are applying for. Personalised per job is key.
Tip 6: Take a holiday job/temporary role
It doesn’t just happen in retail and it may not be your ideal role. Many Companies look for temporary staff to assist with end of year clean-ups that are inevitably going to be a last minute, hectic job that no one really has time for. It may not be exactly what you are looking for but it always has the potential to be a step in the right direction. Not only will it keep you busy (and paid) over the Christmas period, but play your cards right and your temporary employer could be taking you on permanently.
Tip 7: Register with horizon
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