Why bother with my job search in December?

December is not a big hiring month, and I’m busy getting ready for the holidays. I won’t get any interviews, and I certainly won’t have any offers so why bother? Everyone else is probably thinking about the holidays.

Job seekers who put the search on hold until the first of the year are missing a HUGE opportunity. In part because so few people keep up the intensity, and also in part because December is the month that hiring managers are finalizing their 2018 budgets together and looking at where they need to fill slots.

Now is the time to go back and connect to all the contacts you made this year. You know those “this is what happened to our family this year” letters people send with their Christmas cards? Why not send out a BRIEF “these are the exciting things happening in my professional life” email. Take no more than two paragraphs with two or three sentences each to…

Re-introduce yourself to casual / “orphan” contacts.

Remind your audience what you can do for them.

Tell them what targets are on your 2018 radar.

Ask how you can help them over the holidays.

Want a Sample?

Hi …..

We (met / talked / messaged, etc.) earlier this year. I hope you have had a great year and are excited for what the holiday and New Year has in store for you. I simply wanted to reconnect today to see if you or anyone you know would be looking for a high-performance recruiting & sales leader who can help them drive business for 2018.

I’m very interested in connections at (give SPECIFIC company targets.) If you know of any connections I should make let me know. Also, please let me know what I can do to help you get connected that will help you achieve your goals in the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

……

Keep it short, to the point, and focused on the other person, not yourself.

Don’t take your foot off the job search throttle! Get your decorating, shopping, and holiday preparations done on evenings and weekends.

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