One of the most common mistakes job seekers make during the holiday season is abandoning their search, according to national sales and marketing recruitment firm, Naviga Business Services.
“The holidays are a great opportunity to perfect your résumé and step up your efforts,” Naviga President Kevin Steffey said. “Don’t assume employers are taking time off from the hiring process. In fact, many business leaders are working now to ensure their companies are fully staffed and able to make an impact in the New Year.”
Use a Company’s Holiday Downtime to Your Advantage
Generally executives do not take extended time off during the holidays. By attempting to contact companies during this time of the year, job seekers have a better chance of connecting directly with the decision maker.
“Executives will use the quiet time to work on projects they’ve put aside or firm up their plans for the upcoming year,” Naviga Client Relations Manager Caroline Bokor said. “Since it’s generally ‘downtime’ for the company, it’s actually one of the best times to reach a hiring manager.”
‘Tis the Season to be Top of Mind
This time of year is a good time to reach out to old contacts to wish them happy holidays and turn it into a networking opportunity. Update your contact list and work to keep your name at the top of more people’s lists when January comes around. If you are not posting updates on LinkedIn or keeping your online profile up to date, the holidays are great opportunities to do so. Many people use the holidays to reconnect, so they are more likely to view your posts.
Keep Your Job Search Spirit Up
Even though this time of year can get busy with shopping and parties, keep your job search spirit strong for your benefit in the New Year. Keep focused on your goals by meeting with a career coach, or practicing your interviewing skills.
“Stay one step ahead of other candidates by maintaining your job search momentum while others slow down,” Steffey said.
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About Naviga Business Services
Naviga Business Services, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., is a specialized recruiting agency dedicated to finding top sales and marketing talent across North America. We have been serving top employers, along with sales and marketing professionals, for over 10 years. For more information, visit www.navigaservices.com and follow Naviga on Facebook and Twitter.