5 Key Steps Job Seekers Should Take During Holidays

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January is strongest hiring month, and landing job requires using time wisely during holidays

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With the holidays fast approaching, job seekers may be tempted to take a ‘holiday’ from job search efforts, a mistake that could leave them a step behind when January – which ranks annually as the strongest month for hiring – rolls around.

While job seekers should never stop applying for desired jobs, December should not exclusively be dedicated to submitting applications. Recruiting for many employers ends at Thanksgiving and resumes on January 3rd, so with the exception of last minute hiring by firms with budget to spare, the supply of new openings eases. In addition, human resources departments are tasked with year-end responsibilities that may detract from attention that can be paid to new resumes landing on their desk.

For this reason, the December holidays offer an ideal time for the nearly 15 million unemployed Americans to focus on other aspects of the job search. Rob McGovern, CEO of Jobfox, the nation’s fastest growing online job site, recommends that holiday job seekers consider the following 5 New Year’s resolutions so that they can hit the ground running when the calendar turns to 2011.

1.    Focus on employers, not vacancies – Many new job openings will not be posted until after the New Year, so spending hours and hours during the holidays staring at the same stale vacancies is hardly a good use of a job seeker’s time. Instead, the job seekers should make a list of target employers they want to work for in 2011 (as well as their website career pages), so they are ready to pounce once jobs are posted.

2.    Stop first at employer websites – With a list of target employers in hand, a job seeker’s first stop should be the company website. New job postings will typically appear on an employer’s website hours or even days ahead of showing up on the major online job sites. Job seekers should also sign up for an employer’s career page RSS feed (if they have one) and Twitter profile, which some employers use to alert followers to new job postings.

3.    Develop social network job search strategy – Many job seekers use social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, but this does not mean they have a social network strategy for their job search. December represents the ideal time to identify valuable social network connections, whether it is a former colleague on LinkedIn connected to a desired employer or a Facebook friend in the know on every new opportunity. Identify these contacts during the holidays, and then extend social network invites in early January when you can include a less formal greeting wishing them a happy new year as the impetus for reaching out.

4.    Work the party circuit – Yes, most job seekers cannot secure invites to company holiday parties. But there are always industry, association and trade group holiday events that offer a more relaxed opportunity for networking. To be mindful of party attendance costs, identify the two or three parties that will be attended by the right contacts at the right companies.

5.    Rethink your resume – Most job seekers organize their resume around tasks performed for employers. To succeed in the 2011 job market, resume writing should be done in a way that focuses on accomplishments rather than tasks in order to convey the job seeker is not simply a “doer” but an “achiever.”

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