Unemployed at Christmas: Survival Tips for Job Seekers

Christmas can be a difficult time for unemployed jobseekers. Here are few tips to unemployed job hunters survive – and thrive – during the holidays.


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Christmas is often a discouraging and depressing season for unemployed jobseekers, Although it doesn’t hurt to hope that Santa will have a new job waiting for you under the tree this year, the reality is that employers slow down their hiring activities during the holidays. In fact, most offices are ghost towns from the week before Christmas through the beginning of January.

So instead of dwelling on your lack of success, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude and use the Christmas holiday as an opportunity to prepare to jump back in the job search game in the new year. Here are a few tips to help you get started . . .

  1. Recharge Your Batteries.

    The stress of looking for employment takes a toll, even on the most enthusiastic jobseekers. The holidays are the perfect time to take a break, relax and recharge your batteries so you will have the energy to give it your all in the months ahead.

  2. Review Your Strategy.

    The Christmas break is also a perfect time to review your strategy. Spend a little time tweaking your resume, researching new employment opportunities and charting a new course for the new year.

  3. Renew Old Acquaintances.

    Chances are you will have the chance to reconnect with several old acquaintances (and possibly make some new ones) over the Christmas holiday. As a jobseeker, every acquaintance is a possible networking contact. Stay sharp and look for opportunities to connect with people who can add value to your job hunt.

  4. Remember Your Blessings.

    A job search can become an all-consuming obsession. But at Christmas time, it’s more important than ever to remember your blessings and remain fully present in the midst of festivities and celebrations. Although the future may appear dismal now, you will eventually find the job that’s the right fit for your career goals and preferences.


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