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5 Tips to keep focused on a job search during the holidays

by ​Carolyn Leighton-Hilborn

The holidays are often a very busy time whether you’re employed or looking for work. Between baking, cooking large meals and visiting family, it can be hard to focus on ourselves, let alone a job search.

Here are 5 tips to help keep your job search momentum going during the holiday season.

Organize your wardrobe – Now is the time to start to purge. Clear out old clothing you haven’t worn in two years. Try on outfits and ensure they still fit. By doing this simple task, you will know for sure that you have suitable interview clothing and that your dress shoes are still presentable. If you realize you need a few new items, you may wish to take advantage of Boxing Day sales.

Tidy up your work space – Whether you work at a formal desk or kitchen table top, your job search records can sometimes become messy and disorganized. Take a few minutes to go through that pile of papers or your filing cabinet.

Get to know LinkedIn – It’s true, it can take some time to figure out how to use LinkedIn. Take some time this holiday season to look at other people’s profiles and pick out the things you may wish to include in yours. LinkedIn will give you tips on what components you should consider adding to your profile to make it searchable.

Visit friends and family – We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: networking is one of the most effective ways to find a job. The festivities of the season can be an excellent opportunity to do some networking. Remind close friends and family that you are seeking employment in a specific field. Before you leave make sure they have your up-to-date contact information.

Set up notifications – If you monitor different websites for job postings and haven’t set up automatic notifications as of yet, take the time now to do it. You can get a lot of great job leads delivered right to your personal email inbox.

We hope these five practical tips will help keep your job search on track over the holidays. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself as well!