Don’t let the assumed slump in hiring throughout the holiday season discourage you from remaining active on the job market. You may need some extra cash for holiday gifts or a trip home to see family and friends. Or perhaps you are in between permanent positions and ready to land your next career!

This time of year presents several unique ways of staying front and center while searching for the perfect opportunity.

  • Reconnect with old acquaintances. Send out holiday cards, check in with recruiters and touch base with hiring managers you have previously contacted.
  • Get Festive! Consider holiday social/networking events within your industry.
  • If your schedule allows, remain flexible to the type of schedule/positions out there. You’d be surprised what doors may open.

Staffing and recruiting firms can also help in these transitional times. Consider agencies your Santa Claus, delivering the perfectly packaged opportunity at just the right time. If temp work is on your wish list, this is a perfect opportunity to dabble in different industries, network within the community and expand upon a new skill set. However, if your resolution is to kick off 2017 in a new career, agencies can help you get started before the ball drops. The bulk of recruiting happens in November so don’t delay in getting your resume out there.