Looking for work between now and the end of the year may seem daunting, especially when you have to contend with the business of the holiday season (relatives, travel, gifts, food, more food…). So how do you both fend off questions from well-meaning but stressful inquiries, and how do you manage to find a quiet moment to actually search for a job?
Have a patented answer ready for questions.
You may not feel like going to a family holiday party, but it depends on how you look at it. Yes, you’ll have to develop an answer to the dreaded, “So how’s the job search coming along?” (A patented, “It’s going well, thanks! I’ve got a good plan in place and I’m sure I’ll find something soon.” will work. Then change the subject and ask about them.)
Look for opportunities.
Use those holiday parties as opportunities to network. Work it into conversations, asking what’s going on at work and slipping in that you’re interested to learn more about what they do. Avoid asking outright about a job; set up a date for coffee later or just have the conversation right there. Make sure they know your information so if anything should come up, they’ll remember your name and the fact that you’re available.
Keep it positive.
Think nobody hires during this time of year? Think again. Even if it’s temp work for now, remember this is the busy season for many a company as they wind up their year. Who’s to say that that temporary position won’t turn into something more down the line? And even if it doesn’t pan out into something longer term, you have one more position to add to your resume, as well as a few more connections to network with. And if you set yourself up with a staffing agency like PrideStaff, you’ll put yourself in a better position to start the new year off on a positive note.
Don’t let the holidays get you down – look at every outing as an opportunity to get yourself back into the job market. And take the opportunity as well to work with PrideStaff.