Job Searching and the Holidays: Staying Positive
Being unemployed during the holidays can be a trying time. Amidst the spirit and joy of the season, the desire to provide for your family and the uncertainties and stresses of searching for a job can push even well-prepared jobseekers into feelings of negativity. If you’re spending the holidays job searching, rest assured that you aren’t alone. Here are a few thoughts on refocusing and staying positive in your job search this holiday season.
- Stick to a routine
Treating a job search like a full-time job is good advice because it helps you stick to a routine. Scheduling a daily checklist of goals and tasks helps establish structure in the absence of work. Incorporating exercise and healthy meals into your routine is also highly recommended. By taking care of yourself during this stressful time, you’ll be more focused and capable of seizing opportunities as they arise.
- Diversify your search
Utilizing all the options at your disposal, from mainland job boards like Craigslist and Indeed, to local job boards like Real Jobs Hawaii and local companies like ALTRES Staffing, can increase the likelihood of finding the position you deserve. Making sure to include a healthy mix of channels in your job search, both online and offline, can ensure that you’ve put yourself in a position to truly assess what opportunities are currently available and fit your skillset.
- Strive for self-improvement
Being in transition can give you time to pursue different avenues of career development—from obtaining certifications and education to volunteering and picking up temporary/seasonal employment. By using your job search as an opportunity to not only find a new position, but build upon your existing skillset will ensure that any time spent in between positions is one of meaningful personal growth.
While the holidays present a variety of distractions, approaching your job search with a healthy routine and growth mindset ensures that you remain in spirits befitting the season. Tackling your job search now, rather than later, can be the start of the next chapter in your career and just the beginning of a very successful New Year.