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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
The holiday season may be the best time of the year, but it is also the busiest time for many people.
If you happen to be looking for a job over the holidays, you might think the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are the perfect time to take a break from your job search. In reality, however, the opposite may be the case.
This could be the perfect time to step up your job search for a variety of reasons. Here are some great reasons to think about finding a job while on vacation.
1. Companies are hiring
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It may seem that companies are currently focusing on things other than recruiting. However, take a quick look at our new job postings and you will find that it is not. In fact, many companies are extremely active in the job market during the holidays as they want to fill vacancies so they can start the new year at full speed.
With most budgets closed by the end of the year and budgets set for the next year, many companies know exactly how much they can afford to pay for new hires, and they also know where to fill last year's staffing gaps.
2. There is less competition
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If others with your skills and education decide to temporarily stop looking for a job during the vacation, this could pave the way for you. With less competing resumes, yours will climb to the top more easily.
3. You have more free time
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If you are like many people, be happy to take an extra PTO with you on vacation. And while you will likely spend some of that time relaxing with family, you can also make your days off productive by devoting blocks of time to looking for work. While it might not be the most festive way to spend your vacation, a brand new job will make a wonderful Christmas present for you!
Here's how to find jobs during the vacation
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Now that you know why it is important to keep searching for jobs while on vacation, you can create the perfect vacation job search plan. Here are some tips!
Connect to your network
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Even people who don't like the dingy aspects of job hunting have to exchange vacation wishes with others this season – be it through virtual vacation parties, social media, or regular old phone calls. Do not linger on vacation looking for a job while you enjoy connecting to your network, but do not be afraid to talk to friends, acquaintances and industry colleagues about your situation. You can easily connect with someone who can help you get your dream job in the new year.
Keep the momentum going
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You have probably developed some productive job search routines in the past few months and it is wise to keep going. If you slow down or finish your job search, it can be difficult to get going again when you're ready to jump back up. Pushing the job hunt during the holidays will keep your momentum going and never miss a beat in January.
Consider going seasonal
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If you're looking for a job but can't find anything long-term, find a temporary job with a company you love and it could give you the upper hand if you can find a permanent position there.
While some companies hiring for seasonal and vacation jobs only need temporary help, many choose to hire their seasonal workers permanently after the vacation is over.
Need a break Focus on the organization
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Finding a job during the holidays is not for everyone. Maybe you are just too busy, want to prioritize family time, or find a job not essential right now.
However, if you want to take a break from actually looking for a job, you can still spend time in other areas of your job search to find yourself in a great position and to pick it up again when you are ready.
You have probably kept copies of your cover letters, data and reminders in notebooks everywhere. Consider using the holidays to fix these things. An organized job search can help you stay on top of things and avoid mistakes – for example if you accidentally contact the same recruiter twice in the same week.
Spreadsheets can be your salvation, so you can jot down any job you applied for, any correspondence or interviews you had, and the contact information you need. Also, try organizing your computer documents into folders for easy update and emailing.
Update your documents
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If you're talking about documents rather than looking for jobs, now is a good time to update your resume and cover letters. Do you have new assignments or skills to add to your resume? Have you always wanted to rephrase a section of your cover letter? Now is the time to perfect everything.
Revise your personal brand
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Do you have a personal brand? Having a cohesive personal brand during a job search can position yourself as a top candidate. If your expertise is in non-profit marketing, how do your social media profiles, as well as your resume and cover letter, convey this?
Do you interact with other marketers on Twitter and share related articles for your industry? Do you have a personal website that defines your passion and mission? Sort those details and create a unified brand to speed up your job search in the new year.
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It's the season to give back! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities during the holidays as organizations of all kinds need people to help. And while it's better to give than to receive, you can include your volunteering on your resume. This is a great bonus if your volunteering gives you valuable skills and experience. Once you're back to the job hunt, you'll have an improved resume to help you find a job.
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