5 Tips On Job Searching Over The Christmas Period
The weeks leading up to Christmas are a time that many of us associate with winding down and relaxing while looking forwards to a nice break. Looking for work over this period of time can feel daunting, however, many employers do continue to recruit over the festive period. There are several things you can do to make yourself more appealing to potential employers this time of the year.
Don’t slow down in December
Many people seeking work slow down their job search in December as they believe that organisations simply don’t hire at that time of the year. Although within some sectors it may be true that hiring for the busy Christmas season will have taken place in September or November, electrical engineering jobs, project management jobs, building services jobs and other sales jobs recruit all year round. Increasing your job search in December at a time when other applicants might be slowing down could put you in an advantageous position.
Be as flexible as you can
The more you make yourself available to work at the application stage, the higher the chances are that you will be seen more favourably than other candidates. If you are applying for a job leading up to Christmas, you might be expected to be available for all of the Christmas period, but your availability during the weeks either side of Christmas will have an important bearing on the strength of your application. It is not a good idea to stretch the truth, however, as when you are called on to work shifts you risk wasting everyone’s time. Discuss at the interview stage any prior commitments you have – honesty is always the best policy.
A new year and a fresh start
Many organisations within the renewable energy and building services sector recruit on the lead up towards Christmas for the same reasons they do at any other time of the year. Embarking on a new career in December is a great way to achieve peace of mind over the Christmas period and see the new year in with a fresh start, exciting new challenges and a new working environment.
Very few jobs don’t involve dealing with customers, clients or co-workers. Potential employers will be gauging how well you might fit into the organisation in terms of projecting a corporate image to customers and clients or co-workers. It is important to remember to prepare for an interview by getting to know about the organisation, what it is they do and how your role feeds into that. Having some intelligent questions prepared is a great way of building a positive image of yourself.
Have a good cover letter
Whether or not an employer requests a cover letter you should always include one regardless. Your cover letter is a fantastic opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd and pitch yourself as the candidate that their organisation needs to fill the role. If the advertisement for the vacancy does not ask for a cover letter and you send a well written one, you are already in a strong position.
If you want to know more about how we can help you with your career, particularly at this time of year, contact us on 01743 247774.