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5 Important Holiday Job Search Tactics

By STEVEN SQUIRES

Whether you're ready or not, the holidays are finally here. Music has filled the December air, yet the only songs you're singing are the job search blues. You already know your job search doesn't end when things get hectic around the holidays. That's why we've come up with these best practices for finding a job during this busy time of year. Here's what we came up with:

1. Give Yourself the Gift of Having Your Resume Reviewed

Your resume is the key to getting your foot inside an employer's door. When you have a stale, poorly formatted resume laced with grammar errors, you're sending the wrong message to an otherwise interested employer. Get your resume reviewed over the holidays (some places will do it for free) so you can be ready to go for your job search in the New Year!

2. Use Holiday Parties as Networking Opportunities

The holidays are great for meeting up with old and new friends, family, and colleagues. Use this time to catch up with people on their professional lives. If you're looking for a job yourself, subtly drop the hint that you're looking for something fresh in the New Year. You never know if the right person will hear your pitch at the right time, so be prepared with a quick (30-seconds or less) blurb about yourself and what you're looking for in your next gig. Don't forget to bring your business cards, too!

3. Send Holiday Cards to Your Professional Connections

LinkedIn is great for keeping up with people online, but sometimes a personal touch in the form of a holiday greeting can be the gesture that gets you remembered during the first quarter hiring season. Find some contacts that you admire, but haven't reached out to in quite some time, and send them a card or gift in the mail. These types of gestures go a long way, and you never know who's holiday you'll be making a little bit brighter as well.

4. Apply for Jobs Online During Your Downtime

Relaxing with friends and loved-ones during the holidays is a pastime we can all identify with, but sometimes you need a break from all the excitement. If you're on a job hunt, use some downtime during the break to apply for jobs that were posted in advance of the busy hiring months. Your resume will be the first in the hiring manager's inbox after New Year's, and you'll have fewer to-dos when life returns to normal after the holidays.

5. Spread Holiday Cheer to Everyone You Meet

They say "'tis the season to be jolly", so you might as well act on it! Use this time to greet everyone with cheer and joy, even if times may be tough for you. Everyone is stressed during the holidays, so a little hint of kindness can not only make someone's day, but could also spark a conversation that can impact your career! A long shot, I know, but everyone likes to be treated with kindness - even hiring managers. It's also proven that being kind to others can impact your own outlook on life and reduce stress, so why not give kindness a try?

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