Looking to land a job in 2021? Start doing these 4 things during the holidays


In the midst of a rocky holiday season, many people may be concerned about moving forward with a December Job search.

But with some of us choosing to stay home this year due to the pandemic, commitments like travel and family gatherings have been put on hold.

All the more reason to use this downtime to ensure a strong start to your job hunt in January and February — two of the best months to get employed.

Here’s what you should do now to increase your chances of landing your dream job in 2021:

1. Dust off your resume and LinkedIn profile.

It doesn’t matter if you were (or are) unemployed due to the pandemic. But make sure you highlight on yours continue and LinkedIn profile how you spent this free time.

What paid or unpaid projects have you taken on? Any side hustles? Voluntary work? Online courses to further develop your professional skills?

Anything you’ve done to help yourself or your community is worth mentioning and will set you apart from other candidates.

2. Up your networking game.

People are more approachable this holiday season, making it a perfect opportunity to reconnect with contacts who have gone silent in your professional rolodex.

But don’t start your message by saying you’re desperate for work. Let the conversation flow naturally. Send electronic holiday greetings to former colleagues. Ask how they are and let them know you are thinking of them. The goal is to keep your relationships intact.

Also, research professional bodies in your industry to see what virtual networking events are happening in the coming weeks. Many of these are free to visit.

3. Keep track of vacancies… and apply.

Take a few minutes each day to review newly posted jobs. Bookmark the career pages of companies you want to work for. Set up notifications about job vacancies on Google, LinkedIn and Glassdoor.

When you come across a job that interests you, go to LinkedIn to see if you have contacts at that company that can help put you in touch with the right person.

After you’ve applied for the position, do a little research to find out who the hiring manager in charge of filling the position is. Again, with all the downtime, you’re more likely to get a quick response.

4. Be patient and positive.

During the holiday season, companies finalize their business and budget goals for the new year, which often include increasing employment and closing definitive deals.

However, keep in mind that hiring a business is need-based regardless of the time of year. So don’t get discouraged if your dream company isn’t hiring.

Instead, keep a positive attitude. Listen to motivational podcasts, read books, jot down your goals and stay productive. The last thing you want is to walk into 2021 with a downed mindset.

Wendy Weiner is a lawyer, career coach and founder of The Writing Guru, an award-winning executive resume writing service. Follow her on Twitter @TheWritingGuru.

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