On the job hunt and think the holiday season is a good time to take a break? Don't do it! Some employers will go on a hiring lull during the holidays, but not all. Here are other reasons you should keep looking:
If you haven't started looking yet, now is the time to prepare!
Consult with a professional to see if your resume, job search, and/or interview skills need freshening up. If you're working with a true resume-writing professional and not a resume mill, the typical resume project takes close to a month from start to finish. Investing in your career documents and job search/interview strategies now means that, come mid-January/early February when the first-of-the-year hiring rush starts, you will be ready to go.
You don't want to be that person who is looking for someone to get you a resume within a week come January when you realize everyone is hiring.
The resume process takes at least 4 to 6 weeks if you are working with a credentialed professional. If you're working with a credentialed professional who promises a resume within a week, you'll be paying premium prices for it. If you're not paying premium prices for it and you're promised a week turnaround, you're working with a resume mill. Nuff said.
If you take a break from applying to jobs and wait until after the holidays, you've just set your job search back 4 to 6 weeks.
You want to continue applying to the postings that come up and look like they would be a good fit because it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for HR to start responding to applicants regardless of the time of year.
If you have been rushing through cover letters, take time to write more relevant ones.
Writing cover letters should take you time. They need to be relevant to who you're sending them to and match your personal brand of your resume. When applying for jobs that require a cover letter, you might be inclined to skip it or write one quickly. Slow down and write one that will click with the hiring manager on the other end. Not sure how to write a cover letter? I can help you.
If there aren't a lot of new posts going up, take a moment to evaluate your progress.
If you haven't been getting at least one interview for every 10 jobs you apply to, then you probably need to consult a professional regarding your resume. Similarly, if you are getting interviews but haven't gotten offers, you should check in with a professional regarding your interview and/or job search skills.
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Melissa Kelley CPRW has more than 25 years' editing and writing experience, as well as a background in automotive purchasing and secondary education (English/social studies/French); she has specifically been writing resumes since 2006. Her motivation to write resumes began when a relative went nearly six months without a response to his resume, all due to a simple misspelling that Microsoft Word didn't flag as a spelling error. Within six weeks after Melissa provided a simple copyedit to his resume, her relative had a new job.