10 Things to Keep In Mind during Your Holiday Job Search

Job hunting during the holidays is competitive, but if you keep these ten considerations in mind, you can make the most of a difficult situation.1. The holidays provide an easy networking opportunity.Review your contacts list and send cheerful holiday wishes to anyone you’d like to connect with. This convenient ice-breaker can open the door to further communication, leads, advice, or a few minutes spent reconnecting over coffee.2. As you limit your spending, look for sociable alternatives.Your gifts may not be extravagant this year, and you may have to cancel your ski trip to Vale. But don’t go into social hibernation just because you can’t pay your way. Find inexpensive ways to stay in touch with your friends and family—winter walks, snowman building, and hot cocoa in your own kitchen are all on the table. You need your network now more than ever.3. Be grateful for what you have.It sounds counterintuitive, but during our darkest and most difficult moments, it’s more important than ever to be grateful for the things and people that give our lives meaning.4. And remember that many others have less.The quickest way to get out of your own tunnel is to turn your attention to the struggles of those around you. Everywhere you look, there are people who are worse off than you—and some of them could really use your help. The simplest kind gesture may be appreciated more than you realize. Ironically, keeping others in mind can also do wonders for your job search.5. And while you’re at it, remember that those who have less won’t always share this fact.Fear and suffering aren’t always visible. A homeless person in the subway is a clearly having a rough time, but many of the people around you—including your own friends and family members—may be going through private (financial, medical, personal, and career-related) struggles they have no intention of announcing to the world. The holidays can be a beautiful and terrible time for everyone, not just you.6. Keep your health on track.Get plenty of fresh air, sunlight, and sleep. As far as possible, eat healthy food and exercise at least once a day.7. Turn your heat down…but not too much.Heating is a huge expense during this time of year, and triple digit bills can be especially jarring right after you’ve been laid off. So put on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat….but don’t go too far. Constant cold can be demoralizing and demotivating. Stay warm enough to keep yourself in motion and keep your mind on your search.8. Keep your schedule flexible.When you’re called in for an interview, go—even if it means canceling precious time with friends and family. 99 percent of the time, people should come before career on your list of priorities. Holiday season interviews fall into the remaining one percent.9. Create positive memories, not painful ones. Stress can make us short-tempered, bitter, and ungenerous. And as it happens, everything we say and do between November and January can create stubborn memories that last forever. So keep those memories warm, positive, and proud. Don’t let one frazzled moment lead to a life-long regret.10. The job search is tough, but so are you. You’ll get through this, and spring will come soon enough. The next chapter is around the corner, even if you can’t see it just yet. Turn to MyPerfectResume for guidelines, tools, and tips that can help you make it past the challenges of the season and into a new year full of hope and new opportunities.