On the forty-first entry of Tristan’s Tips, our special guest Tristan Layfield talks about how you as a job seeker can maximize your holiday break. Since many of us get a little more time off around the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to get all your ducks in a row to make some major moves for next year!
Tristan: What is going on, y’all? It’s Tristan Layfield of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. This week let’s talk about how you as a job seeker can maximize your holiday break.
For many us, searching for a job is a tiring chore when you’ve already been working for 8, 10, or 12 hours. But the holiday season offers us a couple of breaks that we can fully take advantage of to be ready to hit the ground running on our job search next year. Here are a few things you can do to leverage that downtime.
First, update your resume. Review and edit everything – your contact info, your summary, your education, the way you sell the results you’ve driven or the value you’ve provided, etc. This is also a great time to analyze a couple job descriptions to identify and incorporate keywords. Since many of your friends or family are off from there jobs this is a prime opportunity for you to get another set of eyes on the document to make sure things sound good and to correct any spelling or grammar errors. If you need help, check out my free resume update checklist at the link in my Instagram bio.
Next, update your LinkedIn and build your network. Make sure that your profile represents not only what you’re currently doing and the results you’ve driven but also what you are looking to do in the future. Check out the job seeking settings they have, I talk about these on episode 141 on this podcast. Also, go beyond just your profile. The key to LinkedIn is engagement. That means you should start posting your own posts as well as liking, commenting, and sharing other’s posts.
Lastly, take the time to reach out and reconnect with lost connections who may be home or visiting. The holiday season is a great time to rekindle connections with people you may have lost touch with since they may travel back home or back to the area. These people can provide you with a wealth of knowledge as I talked about in my tip on episode 138. They typically have access to knowledge and information that our immediate circles aren’t privy to.
Since many of us get a little more time off around the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to get all your ducks in a row to make some major moves for next year!
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