Asking Santa to Put a New Job Under the Tree?  Here’s Help

Yes, the holidays can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean your job search has to grind to a halt. This time of year can be ideal for getting what you really want this Christmas—a new job.

Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to slack off. Use them to your advantage.  There are approximately 33-million job openings in the United States this month.

Follow these tips to help you make the most of your job search over the holidays.  You just might find yourself with a new job by the New Year.

Figure Out What You Want

A slower job market means you can take the time to figure out what job you want versus just applying to whatever is posted that sounds okay.

Update Your Resume and Cover Letter

Think back to what you’ve accomplished this year. What new skills did you learn? What big projects did you complete? 

Network at Holiday Events

People get together as much as possible during the holidays. It's your chance to let your professional connections know that you’re looking for a new job.

Use the Holidays to Reconnect

Cold calling and requesting to meet for coffee to reconnect with colleagues and acquaintances can feel very awkward. The holidays provide the perfect excuse to reach out.

Learn Something  New

Learning new skills or advancing the ones you already have will make you more adaptable and successful in the long run.

Consider a  Seasonal Job

Accepting a seasonal job may be a shortcut to finding something more permanent.  Plus, you get to “try out” the role and company to see if it’s a good fit.


It’s the season of giving. Use this time to boost your resume by volunteering. Employers love seeing volunteer work on resumes.

Take Care of  Yourself

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and relaxation. If you’re feeling stressed about your job search, take a break.

How to Successfully Job Search Over the Holidays

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