Unemployed During The Holidays: 4 Tips To Keep In Mind
Regardless of the name of the holiday you celebrate, it's hard to ignore the snowmen on your block, holiday music blaring out of every store, and the general good will and joyful spirit will that tends to surface this time of year.
As a job seeker, you may be especially anxious or stressed during the holidays. Check out these four tips to recharge your job search and keep sane throughout the holiday season:
1. Take a break
The job search is a full-time job. Day in and day out you tirelessly search and apply to jobs,and you call and E-mail companies and recruiters. However, if you were employed this time of year, you'd probably be attending parties and taking the holidays off anyway. Go ahead and celebrate!
Employers are busy during and around major holidays too, so don't be surprised if you are not getting a response from them or if you cannot find any new job leads. Take the opportunity to decompress, meet with friends who are in the holiday spirit, and focus on networking. Always be networking. The best job opportunity can present itself when you least expect it.
During the holidays, you're bound to attend one (or ten) holiday events. You'll probably be mixing and mingling with new people from all walks of life. From experience, I can tell you that, upon hearing that you're unemployed, perfect strangers are more than happy to give you their two cents when it comes to finding a job.
Remember, not all advice is one-size-fits-all. In fact, you'll find that most advice you get isn't going to work for you. However, remember to always listen to what these people have to say. You never know when that great job lead will come your way.
3. Stand up
For most of us, the holidays mean one thing: family. As much as we might love our relatives, sometimes they can just stress us out. If you find that your Uncle Rick or Cousin Bob is getting on your case about finding a job, stand up for yourself. You are doing the best you can for yourself and there's no point to bringing up your current unemployment at the dinner table.
If you find that you're getting down on yourself about finding a job, the best thing you can do is plan ahead. Stressing out about your job search in the middle of a holiday isn't going to get you hired any sooner. The new year is just around the corner. Set a New Year's resolution to try a new job search method, networking channel, or set new goals to get one informational interview a week, or maybe start or join a meetup in your city to make new friends who can help you get connected to a company.
Take this time off of the job search as an opportunity to relax and renew your job search for the New Year. Get ready to kick off 2012 running by recharging your batteries and mentally preparing yourself for the job search ahead.
What do you think? What other tips do you have to offer job seekers during the holidays? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Tony Morrison is the Vice President of Business Development at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and Talent Connection. And, connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter
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