Here are the top 10 reasons to continue your search for work over the holiday season:
1. Get ahead while the others are partying
Want to be ahead of the pack? While everyone else is out burning the candle at both ends you can get ahead by creating a job-application and sticking to it. Businesses used to shut down over the Christmas break, but increasingly, places of work are staying open during this time to service their customers and get the competitive edge over their competition.
Likewise, if you plan out a series work-finding goals over the summer months you could potentially get ahead of your competitors. Could you use this time to network, to find a mentor or to do some work experience that might benefit your job seeking? Often summer can be a great time to strike!
2. Have some of your goals achieved by New Year
The year can go so quickly and before you know it, December is upon us! The good news is that there are still a few weeks to go before we hit the New Year. With some careful planning, you could make a serious dent in your job seeking workload, all you have to do is make a reasonable agenda.
New Year’s resolutions are regarded as flimsy promises that we don’t often stick to. If you’ve wanted to make some big changes in your life, realise that you can achieve your goals, you just need to put the wheels in motion. Use this time wisely and by New Year you could have checked off some of those important goals.
3. Make a plan of attack
December is always a busy time for people, so you need to be realistic about how much you can achieve, knowing that headway can still be made. Think of the things that might need to be done.
- How is your resume looking, does it need updating?
- Do you have a cover letter template that you can easily update for upcoming roles?
- How long has it been since you contacted your references?
- How many jobs can you apply for in a week, a month?
- Come up with a system to apply for as many roles as you can, while still giving a personal application to each. Don’t “resume bomb”.
4. Make the most of the longer daylight hours
Depending on where you live in Australia, you may get to enjoy the benefits of daylight saving. Regardless of whether your state or territory has this, over summer we all get longer hours, wherever we are!
The mornings are brighter and sunnier, and in some places in Australia, there is daylight until 7:30 or 8pm, leaving plenty of time to get that extra resume work done or that extra reference checked. Make the most of the longer hours and pull out your cover letters and do an hour or two of preparation after dinner.
5. You have more time to focus on yourself
Think about how much time you have left in your life to make an impact on this world. No matter your age, you still have things to achieve and to contribute to the world. The older you are, the more responsibilities you may have; a mortgage, a busy job, a spouse, some kids?
Whatever your age, you need to find time to focus on yourself. No one can do your job seeking, goal setting and career progression goals for you – this is a personal journey of growth. In order to achieve your goals, you need to make some time to focus solely on yourself, without the usual disruptions.
Summer can often be a great time to find that extra hour or two where you can lock yourself away and spend time searching for a job that that you will love. Maybe you need to research skills or courses that might get you ahead? Use this time to focus on yourself.
6. Go outside and do some networking
Sick of being trapped behind a desk? Summer can be a great time to get outside to do some work al fresco! There are studies that show that fresh air can actually aid your brain function. Depending on the sort of job you are seeking, you might be able to make some contacts by actually visiting places of work with your resume.
It can take some bravery, but there have been many cases where employers respond well to potential employees that hand-deliver resumes. Often, this can work better in smaller workplaces than larger ones. Read this interesting discussion on Pongo on the subject.
7. Crummy holiday programming on TV and radio
Things have changed now that we get our media via the internet and cable TV more frequently but on free to air TV and radio you may discover that many of your fave shows are on holidays. Until late in January or sometimes as late as February, you’ll be getting lots of the crummy “holiday programming” shows that couldn’t make the grade in ratings season.
You might want to use this time to focus more on your job search and get some extra work done. Sick of watching “summer specials” and reruns of B-grade shows? Switch the TV off and get moving!
8. People may have more time to help you as they are on a break
The one thing most of us have in common is the fact that we are time poor. People have to prioritise their tasks and when we need help, often we can find ourselves on our own because everyone is so busy with their everyday routines.
These next few weeks can be a great time to finally make that phone call to that contact you’ve been meaning to touch base with. Often people have a bit more free time in the months preceding and immediately following Christmas/New Year. Make use of this time to get ahead.
9. Try some ‘easier’ tasks like researching job roles and reading about companies
You are human and you do deserve some time off! Summer can be a great time to square away some research that you normally wouldn’t have time to do. Depending on the job you are looking for, taking time over the summer to learn a new computer program, read a text from start to finish or go through your job seeking notes from the last couple of months can be a great idea.
Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself; just because you have ten hours doesn’t mean that you should be devoting the whole time to job seeking. Make sure your timetable is flexible enough to account for any activities that come up, you don’t want to have to miss out on everything, or you might come to resent your choices. Moderation is the key.
10. Stick to your plan: but give yourself a proper break
If you are looking for work, do not use the next few weeks as an excuse to stop your search. Having said that, make sure you don’t push yourself so hard that you feel that you haven’t had a proper holiday break.
There are many industries that actually get busier over the holiday break, retail, hospitality and events are perfect examples of this. Often extra employees are recruited at this time, sometimes starting as early as August or November. Research the busiest time of year for the industry you are aiming for and see if there’s anything that can be achieved in this holiday period.
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #1 Plan work-finding goals over summer & get ahead of competitors.
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #2 Use this time wisely and by New Year you could have checked off some of those important goals.
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #3 Be realistic about how much you can achieve, and aim to do it!
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #4 Enjoy the longer summer hours and get extra work done!
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #5 You might be able to make contacts by visiting places of work.
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #6 Make sure your timetable is flexible enough to account for any activities that come up.
Make the most of the time you have left. Job search tip #7 Some industries get busier e.g. retail, hospitality, events.