UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Jump Starting Your Job Search Over the Holidays


By John Worth, Director of Alumni Career Management

Many people assume that there is no point to conducting a job search over the holiday season.  Nothing could be further than the truth!  While it certainly is true that some people are out or the office over the holiday season, offices and business do not simply shut down over the holidays.  Products must be marketed and sold.  Position vacancies that are impacting business must be filled.  Here are a few suggestions that can help “jump start” your job search over the holiday season:

The holidays are a great time for networking.  The holiday season tends to be slower for many businesses.  Fewer people tend to be in the office and the pace often is much slower.  As a result, people with whom you have been trying to network may have more time to return your calls and spent time with you.  Better yet, the slower pace may allow them to invite you to visit the office and meet additional people.

Jump Start Your Job Searching

You may have more time to devote to your job search.  How many times have you told your self that you will kick your job search into high gear as soon as you have more time?  Well, that time may have arrived.  Free time over the holidays can give you some time to identify additional contacts, send additional networking emails, and follow-up with people you may have lost contact with.  While you may think it awkward to reach out to people you haven’t spoken with in a long time, sending a holiday card or calling with seasonal good wishes can provide an excellent reason for renewing contact.

New Year’s resolutions can be great motivators.  You may have set many deadlines for becoming active in your job search and watched each one come and go.  For many people, there is something about a new year’s resolution that makes it stick, whether the resolution is to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, or find a new job.  Let the commitment of a new year’s resolution help motivate your job search.

Take advantage of UNC Kenan-Flagler resources.  If you live near Chapel Hill (or are planning a visit to the area), take advantage of Alumni Career Management events that will be conducted over the next few months.  You will find more details and registration information in the alumni events calendar. If you are unable to attend, check out the workshops and webinars that have been videotaped that you will find on the Career Management home page.

I hope these suggestions are helpful.  Please contact me at john_worth@unc.edu if you have questions or would like to arrange an appointment.