’Tis the season to be jolly. And, for some, ’tis also the season for taking stock and reflecting on your life. Many people use this time to think about their careers and make plans for the year ahead.
However, most wait until January to start applying for new jobs. But what if you didn’t? What if you started now? That’s right—Christmas is actually an ideal time to kickstart a new career.
So don’t wait until the new year to get going! Let’s break down why.
Take Time to Reflect
Christmas is a time for reflection and celebration, so it’s the perfect season to pause and consider your current career path. Now is the time to think about whether you are achieving your long-term goals or if other options may be more suitable for you.
Take a close look at what has been successful about your career so far and identify areas that you can improve on. Ask yourself questions like, “Am I challenged enough in my work? Am I surrounded by inspiring colleagues? Are there opportunities for growth in this role, or should I be looking elsewhere?”
Plus, don’t forget to consider those non-monetary values like giving back by volunteering or taking the time to learn something new or mentor someone. Christmas is all about gratefulness and renewal. Making sure that what you are doing aligns with your passions and purpose will help motivate you heading into the new year.
Research Companies of Interest
Another great thing about having some extra time during the holidays is that you have more opportunities to research companies that interest you. Who are the movers and shakers in your industry? Which companies have made a splash this year? Learn as much as possible about these companies, such as their history, ethos, and work culture.
When it comes time to apply, you should know exactly why they are the right fit for you and can make sure that comes across in your CV and cover letter. It may sound like a lot of work now, but trust us-it will pay off in the long run.
Don’t Assume Recruiters Aren’t Working
Finally, recruiters do tend to check their emails over the holidays, so don’t be afraid to send off applications as soon as possible. Even if recruiters are away from their desks or with family at home, they still keep an eye on their inboxes during this season of good cheer. Any applications sent before or during Christmas will be seen by them first thing in January, giving those applicants a head start over others waiting until January rolls around again.
If there was ever a perfect time of year for making big changes in your life, it’s Christmas! So don’t let this holiday season go by without taking steps towards furthering your career goals. Time is precious, so take advantage of it and prepare for a brand-new year full of amazing possibilities!
With some thoughtful reflection and research into companies of interest, you can set yourself up for success in 2023 and gain a head start over other candidates who wait until January rolls around again.
So what are you waiting for? Put that turkey down and start looking around today!