Social media is quickly becoming more and more accessible to employers to do their research on you before you even go in for an interview. Technically, employers are not “supposed” to check you out on your various social media sites, but let us be honest, they do!
YES! Many people think that the holidays are the worst time of year to look for a position because everyone is on vacation and/or waiting for their holiday bonus. I have found the contrary to be true. Some of my best months as a recruiter have been in the months of November and December. I attribute this to not “giving up” around the holidays. By giving up, I am referring to the many job seekers and recruiters who give up because they think that it is a bad time of year to look for a new position.
I find the opposite is true because so few people are looking that there is a much smaller and more select pool of candidates who are available to employers during this time, which actually makes it easier to find a job around the holidays. The employers are typically much more flexible about start date, salary etc… because of how hard it is to find good people around the holidays. If you are willing to be proactive and give up some of your holiday parties, which are also a great excuse to get out of the office for an interview, the holidays can be your best ally for finding your next position.
Below are the top 10 things you can do to find your dream job:
- Start by knowing what you want (create a Wishlist and be specific!)
- Set a statement of intent and do your daily declaration at least once a day (the Mental side of your job search)
- Watch your language (avoid words like “hope”, “try”, “it is hard”, “I cannot” etc…)
- Network and connect with the right people (80% of jobs are found through word of mouth)
- Be proactive in your job hunt and do not just sit back and react (go after what you want and do not just sit around expecting to receive it without effort)
- Put together a good resume (for every ten resumes you send out you should get at least three interviews)
- Properly prepare for every interview (spend at least two hours preparing prior to every interview)
- Interview effectively (make a strong case for why they should hire you by providing compelling evidence)
- Have strong follow through whether networking or after an interview (always send a thank you know and remember to follow up with any contacts after a networking event)
- Become indispensable to whomever you work for and remember…attitude is everything!