- Companies need temporary assistance: to fill positions created by holiday vacations or to meet year-end demand from customers. Temporary work is better than no work at all and it is an excellent way to show your talents to a prospective employer. Some companies hire temporary employees to evaluate how a person fits in and meets their expectations.
- Be flexible: Having an open mind in getting consulting and or temporary positions is crucial. In most occasions, companies will select someone who’s a bit overqualified for the position in order to make sure the person can hit the ground running with minimal training. Efficiency will play a critical role in the hiring decision. That’s why you can’t feel uncomfortable or underappreciated if the company is interested in you for a responsibility that’s below what you were doing before. Is important to get advantage of the opportunity to get your foot in the door and show your capabilities.
- Don’t put off applying for full-time work during the holidays: Companies operating on a calendar year budget are making decisions about personnel. Make sure your application and resume are there for employers when they consider hiring new people.
- Use all available tools: Incorporate social media in your search by using LinkedIn to connect with people who can help your job search, “follow” potential employers on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.
- Take advantage of the season: by attending parties or gatherings and networking with people who might know of job openings. Many times your best source for job openings is friends and acquaintances with insider knowledge about good jobs open or that companies will post in the future.
- Be positive and be patient: Bringing a positive attitude to your job search and interviews will help you be successful. Understand that it takes time for a company to make its selection of new staff. Be courteous and understanding when you follow up with potential employers – your attitude on the phone may be the deciding factor in getting an interview or job offer. “Thank You’s” go a long way both before and after the interview.
- Use staffing agencies: More and more employers are using “contingent workers,” especially during time of economic recovery and uncertainty. These jobs often turn into full time, regular employment. Even if they don’t, the experience can yield another positive employer recommendation.
- Choose a Staffing firm wisely: There are recruiting agencies with different expertise and specialties. Do your due diligence and find out who’s an expert in the industry, specialty & location you are interested; as well as, if they are strong in temporary placement. Not every agency does temporary and/or consulting placement; and not everyone is successful at it. Choose wisely!
Job Hunting Over the Holidays