I hear this quite often.
Yet it’s not true.
In fact, because this seems such a stubborn myth, you can be assured of less competition!
Here are some tips to make the most of your quest during the last few weeks of the year:
- Employers may be easier to reach during the holiday season because it’s quieter in the office. Take advantage of this and make a personal connection with key people at the companies you’re interested in.
- Attend the holiday parties and get-togethers you get invited for. No better time to mingle and meet new folks in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s like networking in overdrive.
- Send holiday greetings (cards, little gifts, an email update – whatever is appropriate) to the people in your network. A great way to thank those who have helped you throughout the year and to give them an update. This is all part of maintaining your network.
- Remember the contacts close to you: your family and friends. It’s not what they can directly do for you, but who they know. An often-forgotten source of leads! They may also invite you to their holiday parties (see above).
Best of luck! Some of my clients have landed their dream jobs during the holiday season. You just never know what’s around the corner…