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How to be productive in your job search during the holidays
The Australian holiday season is synonymous with sun, sand, and lighting up the barbeque. But while most are lapping up the sun, why not carve out a few hours for your job search?
Because of our growing start-up culture, businesses are looking to make hires at any time of year, Christmas holidays included. Further, a lot more people are opting to work over the break to use their annual leave for another time so don’t write off this period and assume businesses in your town or city will be shut til the new year.
In addition, recruitment never stops so dust off that resume and get cracking with the following tips.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to connect
The holiday period provides plenty of opportunities to network and reconnect. Using your networks during your job search is vital. Why? Between 60 and 80 per cent of jobs are acquired through networking.
One of the major reasons networking is such an effective way to get a job is because as much as 80 per cent of new jobs are never listed and are instead filled internally or as a result of networking.
So, when you’re attending a social event this holiday season, make sure to mention you’re job hunting. If the people you’re talking to don’t have any direct leads, they can refer you to their contacts and connections
Two quick tips for networking
- Carry business cards. It might feel weird to bring business cards along to your partner and friend’s Christmas party but you never know who you end up talking to. Make sure all your key contact details are included and if you want to add a little more, add your LinkedIn URL or Twitter handle.
- Elevator pitch. If you only had a minute to explain what job you’re looking for, do you know what you would say? Have a few go-to sentences to describe yourself, your work experience, and what role you are looking for in a clear, succinct and engaging pitch.
Refresh your resume
The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on the year that was. And the perfect time to update your resume.
What you can add to your resume:
- Learning a new skill/software/process
- Personal development
- Promotion/new job title
Whatever you did this year, updating your resume means it stays fresh and ready to go when you need it.
Quick tips for your resume
- Out with the old, in with the new. The general rule is that you do not need to include more than your last 10 to 15 years of experience. Especially if it’s not relevant to your current career path.
- Swap responsibilities for achievements. Instead of a long list of responsibilities, try adding what you were able to achieve in that role. Using action verbs like “managed”, “implemented”, and “developed” is a good place to start.
- Remember to do the same for LinkedIn. As you go, make sure you are adding the same refreshments to your LinkedIn page. 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates.
Take the pressure off
Remember, you’re still allowed to relax during the holiday period. Try to allocate a certain amount of time per day that you will focus on your job search and check your emails. Your family and friends will appreciate your full attention, rather than having to find a moment when you’re on not your phone or laptop.
Want to start your job search this holiday period? Look for your next role here.
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