How to Keep the Holidays From Derailing Your Job Search

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean your job search has to be, as well. 

Like so many other people looking for jobs, you might be finding yourself hitting a rut around this holiday season. This is mostly because the vast majority of companies you’ve been applying to are taking their holiday breaks. That, along with you having family events, parties to go to, bad weather to deal with, etc. etc., can make your mid/late-December job search very un-merry. 

Don’t fret, though. We have some advice for you to keep yourself positive—and productive!—as you wait it out until next year!

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Stay Positive

Just because you’ve hit a rut in your job search doesn’t mean you have to be a grinch! Getting down on yourself and your job search can stick with you long after the holiday season. In turn, this will be quite obvious during any interview, job fair or networking event you might be attending. 

Take this time off to reach out to friends, old colleagues and other people you respect in your professional field for help. Go to social events and remind people you’re looking for a job. Who knows what might happen?

Keep a Steady Schedule

Listen, we get it. It’s the holidays. You want to take that well-deserved break. This becomes especially easy when most businesses are also enjoying their yearly slow-down period. As such, making and maintaining a job search schedule during the holidays can be especially tough. 

Instead of binging old holiday movie favorites non-stop, make some daily/weekly goals during this time and stick to them. Just one hour a day of work could make all the difference to you. By staying on the horse, you’re limiting the risk of being unable to pick up the pace once January hits. 

Don’t Indulge Too Much!

What’s the thing people love the most about the holidays? Getting to indulge in the finer things! This time of year is meant for celebration and enjoying all of the flavor life has for us. Just like how overeating can add an inch or two to your waistline, however, too much partying, gifting, traveling, etc. can stretch you thin. When you’re looking for a job, this is the last thing you want. 

Furthermore, going overboard during the holidays can hit your wallet hard. Without steady income, this can empty your bank account and make you more likely to take the first job that comes your way—regardless of whether it’s right for you or not. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a job you don’t love.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year and, with just a little planning beforehand, you can find yourself thoroughly enjoying the festive season.