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Year-End Job hunting: your week-by-week plan

Written by Kimberley Startup | December 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

December Job HuntingIt’s coming to the end of another year – a time of reflection and renewed commitment to do better for ourselves.  For some, it’s also a time to reassess our job search. But why wait until the holidays are over?

Whilst many people believe companies stop hiring during the winter holidays – this isn’t always the case. Not every one shuts down or celebrates Christmas. Many forward-thinking businesses plan ahead and organise online recruitment activity before the holidays.

So if you’re considering ramping up the job hunt for the New Year – now is a better time than ever.

With companies finalising their budgets for the coming year or making last minute cutbacks to improve the year-end bottom line, they’ll know whether they’ll be hiring or expanding their employee base in the near future.

If you’re a smart job seeker, why not step up your job search and gain an edge over your competitors. Here is webrecruit’s countdown for the year-end job seeker.

4 weeks’ till the New Year: Most people think the holidays are not the time to look. But with so many people competing for the same jobs, now is the perfect time to fully immerse yourself in your job hunt.

3 weeks’ till the New Year: Update your CV with all of the skills you have learned and your accomplishments over the past year. Get copies of your performance appraisals and any work samples which may help beef up your portfolio.

2 weeks’ till the New Year: What better time to network than when people are in good spirit and out socialising frequently. Whilst you don’t want to hand out CVs, you will want to let people know you’re looking and remember to follow up with them. Get some business cards printed and hand them out if you get the chance.

1 week till the New Year: If you’re still working while looking for another job, the chances are you’ll have a little downtime during the winter holiday season. Finding the time to make an interview or taking off a couple of hours should be easier for you.

So if you’re a job seeker, why wait? Putting a little extra effort into your job hunt this time of year may be the best present you could ever give yourself.

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