1. Don’t stop searching. Job seekers assume hiring doesn’t occur during this time of year. This is a myth. Typically there is a flurry of hiring right before the end of the year for companies who want to have the new employee in place right when the New Year begins. Also don’t use the holidays as an excuse to stop searching. Job seekers can loose 7 weeks of traction between Thanksgiving and New Years.
2. Regroup around your job search strategy. Take a step back and assess what is working and what tactic needs to be tweaked going into the New Year. This is also a good time to set new job search goals for the New Year.
3. Reorganize. This is a good time to revisit your tools, like your resume and organize all the information you gather about jobs, companies and during networking. Information management can get quickly out of control in an active job search, so now is a good time to get your arms around it.
4. Recharge by changing up your routine and surround yourself with friends and family that care about you. Job search can wear on one’s self esteem, being around people who are caring and supportive can do wonders.
5. Carry business cards at all times. The holidays present many opportunities to strengthen and broaden your network, never be caught without a business card and loose the opportunity to connect with someone new. You never know it may be that one connection that leads to great things in the New Year.