5 Ways to Job Search Over the Holidays

Posted by on November 13, 2012

By Christine Kleckner, Minnesota School of Business- Lakeville, Director of Career Services

Minnesota School of Business, Job SeekingWith the holidays rapidly approaching, many people believe it’s not a good time to look for new job opportunities. The Career Services Department at Minnesota School of Business would like to let you know that this is not the case! There are several reasons that you should not put your job search on halt over the holiday season:

1.  Competition is reduced.
Many people take this time off from their job search. This means smaller candidate pools and less people applying to the positions that are advertised. Continue applying and you could have a better chance of being noticed and getting that interview!Minnesota School of Business, Job Seeking

2.  The job seeking process takes time.
Even if you end up getting the very first job you apply to, the process of application review, interviewing and setting a start date can take anywhere from one to three months. If you are hoping to start a new job after the new year, now is the time to apply.  The job seeking process can take time, so use your time wisely!

3.  Networking is key.
There are numerous opportunities for networking over the holidays. Carry a business card with you at all times. You never know who you will run into at a holiday party, community events, or while shopping at the mall. In the world of job seeking, networking is key-make sure that your contacts know you are looking for work!

4.  Double-purpose connecting.
This time of year is a great time to wish the people you know a Happy Holiday, while reminding them that you are looking for work.  Send them a holiday greeting card, or a brief message on Facebook or LinkedIn.Minnesota School of Business, Job Seeking
VistaPrint offers 250 free business cards to any job seeker, and all you have to do is pay for shipping.  To order your free business cards, visit their website.

5.  Volunteer your time. Minnesota School of Business, Job Seeking
There are more volunteering opportunities available during the holiday season than any other time of the year. By becoming a volunteer, you can expand your network while adding valuable experience to your resume.

If you have any questions about job seeking over the holidays, the Career Services Department at your home campus is here to help!  For a list of Career Services contact information, click here.

Thank you for your Interest in Minnesota School of Business.