For many people still looking for work, it is hard to find many reasons to be jolly during the holidays. However, feeling sorry for yourself is the worst thing you can do. In fact, you should be more determined to look for work. Here are some important job-hunting tips during the holiday season:
Keep on going – Never lose your focus. The holiday season may have many distractions, but you should look for career opportunities every day. This will help increase your chances in finding work when other applicants decide to take a break. Know what your skills are and what your long-term career goals are and use them as the foundation of your job-hunt.
Refrain from unnecessary gimmicks – When job-hunting during the holidays, some applicants give cookies or other small Christmas items along with their cover letters and resumes. As kind a gesture as this might be, it also makes you look desperate. Employers prefer confident and competent applicants. Always give the impression that you are perfect for the job.
Use the time to network – Holiday parties and year-end events aren’t only for having a good time, catching up with friends or meeting new people. It’s also a good time for networking. Holidays make it easier to contact people since everyone is usually more open for socializing.
Use the “off-hours” technique – As the holiday season approaches, people in the office tend to prepare for year-end company events during their work hours, making it more difficult to contact hiring managers or recruiters. Some job hunting tips suggest calling during off-hours to increase the chances of successfully reaching them. Try calling before the start of the working day, or just after 5pm.
Thriving Jobs during the Holidays
For many people, the holiday season is a time for spending. But for some, the holiday season is a time for huge earnings. Some may call these jobs “holiday season jobs” or “holiday oriented jobs” due to the seasonal spike of revenue every time the holidays arrive. Here are some of the top jobs that thrive during the holidays.
Caterers – This is one of the more obvious “holiday-oriented jobs” since the holiday season is usually the time for eating happily with friends and family. Most caterers charge $15 to $40 per head, plus delivery charges. Some catering businesses reach up to 800 meals during Thanksgiving.
Dentist – Trick or treat? Large quantities of candy bars, chewing gum and other sweet treats usually mean that more children visit the dentist at that time of the year. In fact, dentists report a significant surge of cavities, chipped or cracked teeth and other dental issues during Halloween. Independent dental practitioners usually enjoy the highest salaries, ranging from $205,960 for general practitioners to $353,280 for specialists.
Snowplow Drivers – Of course, snow can be an issue during winter season. As a result, snowplow drivers can earn as much as $1,000 a day during this period.
Debt Counselors – After the holiday spending spree, some people end up with quite a bit of debt. As a result, demand for debt counselors spike shortly after the holiday season. Credit counselors usually benefit from a 40% increase of clients come January.
Gym Owners/Personal Trainers – Gaining weight is the usual trend during the holiday season. More people end up visiting the gym to get back in shape come January. The trend continues all the way until the spring and summer breaks, when people are desperate to fit back into their swimsuits.