5 Holiday Tips for Your Job Search


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 5 Holiday Tips for Your Job Search

The economy shows slow signs of improvement as the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% this past November. Nevertheless there are still millions of people that are looking for jobs and we came across this article with holiday tips from Randstad, the second largest HR services and staffing company in the world, for the job search.


Don’t discount holiday networking

The holiday season presents numerous networking opportunities. Personal and business-related parties and charitable events are opportunities to socialize with existing contacts and make new connections in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether or not individual events are conducive to speaking about career goals and aspirations, they can open the doors to follow-up conversations. Similarly, the holidays are a good time to reconnect. Reach out to a mentor or former colleague and make plans to catch-up for an informal lunch or coffee after the New Year.

It’s still all about who you know

There are currently 12.1 million people who are unemployed and only 3.6 million vacant positions in the United States, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many applicants rely on job board websites where hundreds of people may apply to each post. If you have specific companies in mind, dig deep into your own personal network. You’d be surprised to see the number of companies you are actually linked-in to through your second and third degree connections.

Consider working with a recruiter

Finding employment is a job within itself. Many jobs out there may not be advertised on job boards or company websites. In turn, employers put out confidential searches and tap into their recruiter networks to fill these jobs. Another benefit of using a recruiter is gaining access to their connections to HR and hiring managers, as well as intimate knowledge of the company. Recruiters coach and prep you through the entire hiring process–which is an advantage when it comes to knowing the prospective company’s culture and other pertinent information not listed online.

Update LinkedIn and social network pages

LinkedIn is the online, searchable version of your resume. Most recruiters use LinkedIn to search for and reach out to potential candidates. The platform also provides employers with more information than a resume and allows them to view recommendations and possible shared connections. Before applying to any positions, clean up your other social media–many employers vet potential candidates with a social media profile review.

Double check all materials

Countless qualified candidates have been overlooked due to spelling or grammatical errors in cover letters and resumes. Another common mistake is sending out materials with the wrong company, hiring manager or position listed. Many hiring managers will automatically toss out any resume that has typos. These are avoidable mistakes. Have a peer review all materials before sending out to ensure any errors are caught.

So these are the tips that I found important. This article has a few additional tips that you might find useful as well.
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