A guide to: job hunting at Christmas

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It’s finally December and Christmas is coming!

For many of us, Christmas is a time to take a well-earned break from the stresses of work and spend some quality time with our families.

While taking a break is important, if you are looking for a new job then there is no reason why you should put that CV down, just because it’s Christmas.

Although the hiring process slows down during the festive season, it doesn’t grind completely to a halt.

Christmas could also offer you more advantages to job-hunting than you would have first considered. With most people slowing down, it is perhaps easier to catch people, whether it is in person or via their emails.

A festive break could also be the perfect opportunity to take some time completing the things that you’ve put off for months – such as updating your LinkedIn profile or writing a new CV.

On top of this, you would also get a head start on those planning to start looking for their next venture in the New Year.

Below, we’ve put together some top tips, reference articles and advice to help you in your Christmas job search!

Look for new roles

We have lots of articles on WeAreTheCity centred around how to look for a new job, get that promotion or start your new business venture.

You can find all of our careers advice here.

Don’t forget to check out our very own, WeAreTheCity Jobs and Careers Club.

WeAreTheCity Jobs was created to encourage more talented women to pursue their career aspirations and to connect job seekers with companies who are proactively recruiting women and supporting the development of more inclusive working environments.

WeAreTheCity’s Careers Club provides online access to career development tools, alongside giving our members the ability to grow their personal networks.

Show them your best self

Your CV is most likely the first contact that you will have with a hiring manager or company. Therefore, it is important that it shows the best of you! Crafting the right CV in order to be placed above the rest is not easy.

Here we have some great tips and ideas to get you started:

Top five tips for CV writing

According to top CEO’s, here are the four skills you need on your CV

CVs & resumes: get them right to get the job | Infographic

Another important part of the job process is those dreaded interviews. However, WeAreTheCity has lots of interview techniques, tips and tricks from hiring managers and leading experts – all you need before the big day.

Don’t be a fool at interviews – top pitfalls & how to avoid them

Interview do’s and don’ts

There’s no such thing as a wasted interview

Improve your social media presence

Embrace the online marketing and tools will help you expand and improve your career chances.

Use the festive break to really hone your LinkedIn profile and think about your personal brand across social media accounts.

How to become a LinkedIn power user

Using social media to boost your career and online reputation

Six tips for building your personal brand on social media

About the author

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.
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