Job hunting at Christmas – is it worth it? As the Christmas holidays creep closer by the day, you may be looking forward to a complete switch off. Time to set that out of office and log off for a week or so. But don’t let the Christmas break put a stop to your job hunt. Whatever reason you’re looking for a new job, continuing your job hunt over Christmas can be rather fruitful.
Our team share their top tips to continue job hunting at Christmas
Use the festive period to update your CV and LinkedIn
Even with so many of us working from home still, or flexible working, finding time during your busy day can be hard. This may mean that your CV or LinkedIn profile are not as strong as they could be. Better to apply with a weak CV that not apply at all right? Wrong! Despite the general skills shortage in the UK, companies are still focused on getting the right candidate. So, whether you’re applying through and agency, or direct to the company, making sure that your application is the best it possibly can be is still key.
Our blog – 5 Tips to Help Your CV Stand Out is full of guidance for getting your CV in tip top condition.
Get ahead of the competition
There will be lots of people looking to take that much needed Christmas break. Leave the job search until January. New year, new job, and all that. But this isn’t always the best plan. Waiting until the new year may seem like a great idea. But the reality is normally that you get back to work and it takes over again. And you’re back to where you were before Christmas. Use the festive period to keep your job search going and you can get ahead of the competition.
Even companies who paused their hiring over Christmas will return on the first week of January wanting to get moving on interviews. Therefore, if your application is already with a recruiter, or indeed the company directly, you’re likely to be asked to attend interview quickly.
According to CV Library, 76.4% of UK professionals intend to look for a new job in 2022. That’s a lot of competition!
Why not learn a new skill over Christmas?
Is there something you’d love to learn? Something that may help your application when job hunting over Christmas? The festive break is the idea time. There’s such a wealth of free online courses available that you should be able to choose something that fits with you. Maybe it’s just a few hours to refresh your knowledge? Or, maybe there’s something entirely new you want to know more about. From Google Digital Garage to LinkedIn, there are courses available to suit everyone.
And what a great addition to your CV! Taking some time out of your Christmas break to upskill can really work wonders for your application. It shows your commitment to learn, your drive and your enthusiasm. So, stand out this Christmas and continue your job hunt.
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