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Job hunting over the festive season reaps rewards.

If you’re looking for a job you may be thinking about taking a break during the holidays. It is a busy time of year and it can be challenging trying to juggle getting ready for the festive period and staying on top of your job search. Contrary to what you may think, hiring doesn’t stop during the holiday season. So, you shouldn’t abandon your job search. Here are a few reasons why…

1.Christmas parties = networking opportunity

There are a lot of social events happening during the Christmas period. From big parties to festive dinners, which provides perfect networking opportunities! You never know who you are going to meet at these social events, so start adding a few events to your calendar and start discussing your job search and career plans with people. They may be able to point you in the right direction or connect you with the right people. Consider getting business cards and have an elevator pitch ready!

2.Less Competition

A lot of job seekers will slow down/ stop their job search during the festive season because of busy schedules or they may be under the impression that no one will be hiring over Christmas. Recruitment does tend to slow down in December, BUT there are still a range of job opportunities out there. Keeping your job search going may give interview opportunities that you may not have got during another time of year.

3.Keeps momentum going

If you take a break from job hunting during the holidays, you may find it difficult to get back into the swing of things once you get the opportunity to start looking for jobs again. By continuing the job hunt you will keep the momentum going and you won’t miss any opportunities that may come up around this time.

4. Make the most of your time off

If you already have a job it can be hard to find the time to dedicate to your job search. The Christmas period may give you the perfect opportunity to work on it. If you have any days left over from your annual leave you can use some of them to get some applications sent off or update your CV and LinkedIn.

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