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End of Year Job Hunting

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Key Points
  • End of Year job hunting can be difficult
  • Strategies that can help include patience
  • Persevering is key

If you’re end of year job hunting, it can be difficult to keep your cheer while you’re looking. But there are some things you can do, and these things can keep you going.

It can feel impossible to find a job regularly, never mind at the end of the year. You’re looking for something that meets your financial needs, retirement goals, personal aspirations, and much more. But there are a few things that can help you in your end of year job hunting search.

First, if you can, don’t despair of holding on through the new year. Although it might sound odd, new years and new hiring budgets mean more people can be onboarded. So if you’re in a safe, moderate position and can hold out a little longer, you may get more bites on your resume after the first of the year. Sending out resumes in December is still acceptable, you just may not hear back in a timely manner, as people are on holidays, and offices sometimes close.

However, there are some things you can do to be remembered in the new year. Sending a holiday greeting to those whose company you’re interested in joining is a nice touch. Additionally, keep track in the media of any corporation you’re thinking about belonging to. This way you have knowledge of what their crowd-facing plans are, as well as any additional information. Following a company in the news can also let you know if you agree with its corporate values and want to really be a part of it.

Tips For End Of Year Job Hunting

  1. Keep track of your lists and dates. This will continue to help you organize your search. You should have a spreadsheet or board where you can make comments, note when you’ve heard from an organization, and what next steps you need to take to pursue your goals.

2. Network like your next job depends on it – because it might. If you’re genuinely interested in people and what they do, this will come easy. If not, see if there is some way you can be curious about others and what lights them up. Holiday parties are great opportunities for small talk and can be very beneficial to you.

3. Let people know you’re looking, if you can. While you’re at all the holiday parties, and you’re socializing, it can be a perfect time to let your network know that you’re open to new opportunities.

4. Reach out to the people who have helped you in your career thus far. If you’re not normally the type who sends holiday cards, don’t despair. LinkedIn messages, as well as other types of greetings, such as emails, can be just as nice, especially nowadays as people move jobs more frequently, and you may niot have someone’s latest personal contact information. LinkedIn messaging also has the benefit of being on a site people primarily use for networking, making it less awkward.

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