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Don't Let The Holidays Halt Your Job Search

Just because it's the holidays and people are busy, does not mean it's time to put your job search on the back burner. Just the opposite is true. In fact, many businesses bring hiring to the forefront of their December priorities. Business typically slows down and they can focus more on their hiring needs. They may be looking to hire in December before the requisition is removed from next year's budget. Also, a lot of organizations use December to interview for their openings at the start of the new year.

So, you've 2 weeks left to capitalize on this opportunity!

Social Media is Key. This time of year is perfect for using your Facebook and LinkedIn contacts. You have the perfect excuse to touch base and remind people you are looking for a job.

Holiday Parties. In addition to spreading good cheer, use your family and friends and new acquaintances to network. Ask them if anyone has a connection at companies you have applied to or are interested in. Be prepared to tell new people you meet about yourself - the classic elevator speech.

Work the Email and Phones. Employers may not be as distracted or focused on other priorities and you may actually get through to them on the phones. Don't pester them, but make at least one attempt to connect. Keep your emails brief and to the point. Donít forget to ask for the interview. At this time of year they may actually have time to read all their mail.

Don't Forget the Recruiters. Make sure you are in regular contact so that you are in the forefront of their minds for when they get new search assignments. Send them a holiday card with your business card inside.

Stay Flexible. At this time of year hiring managers or recruiters may be out of the office for off-site holiday events or for personal reasons - like getting that last minute gift. Therefore they may need you to come in for an interview at odd times.

Don't fall under the temptation to sit back during these last 2 weeks. Let your competition do that for you while you leap to the head of the line.

Happy Holidays and Good Hunting!

- Jean Vosler

Jean is the Director of Marketing at Net-Temps, an online job board for jobseekers and staffing professionals.

www.net-temps.com