We often take the festive season as a time to wind down in every aspect of our lives. For those looking for work, this time of the year is frequently taken as a period of time in which to stop stressing about finding job openings, sending out CVs and biting fingernails while waiting for the phone to start ringing. But is this wise? We don’t think so, and here’s why.
It’s a chance to get ahead of the game
With so many jobseekers winding down and taking a break from the hunt, you stand a far better chance of getting your CV to the top of the pile. Less competition is always a good thing so take advantage and keep the momentum going.
You will look dedicated
Not taking a break will make you look keen and on-task to the companies you are applying to. This is something that potential employers notice and as we know only too well, being noticed is key in job hunting.
End of year networking events
There is often a last collection of networking events toward the end of the year, so look out for them. With everyone in high spirits, even those of us who hate networking will find it easier and more enjoyable.
January is frequently a great month for hiring
Everyone steps up their game after coming back from the long break, and no recruiters/HR depts, are no exception. You put yourself in an advantageous position if you’re ready for them.
Now, we’re not saying that you should spend your festive season stuck to your computer and with your phone next to you at all times on the loudest setting. We’re just saying that stopping completely is not doing you any favours. Schedule some time slots during your break to make some job search headway. Your 2016 self will thank you for it!