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Four Reasons to Job Hunt During the Holidays

Hard to believe but the holiday season is already here. Most would agree that people searching for their next job typically put the search on pause during the holidays, which might end up costing them the job. The hustle and bustle of the season brings lots of activities and parties, but don’t forget to continue your job search during that time. Here are some reasons to keep in mind when you are considering putting your job search on pause when the holidays arrive.

Networking Opportunities
When thinking of the holidays, one of the first things that comes to mind is all of the parties and gatherings that come along with them. Make the most of those events and create opportunities from them. Put yourself out there by registering for events you may not normally attend, join your friends company parties if appropriate, and visit with family. At those events and gatherings, make it known that you are actively searching for a job and see what conversations could arise from that.

Four Reasons To Job Hunt During The HolidaysYear End Reviews
While the external work might be slowing down, the internal work isn’t. The end of the year also means year end reviews. Employees are getting promoted, getting raises, possibly being let go, or moved to other departments. This presents significant opportunity for those looking for jobs, and for those who remain determined to stay top of mind during the holidays. Once these conversations are being held within companies, staying in front of them is important. Don’t forget that our team at SNI Companies will also stay on top of getting candidates in front of employers during this time too.

Lack of Competition
Because many people do lose focus of their job hunt during the holidays, there is a lack of competition. Be the one who stands out and stay determined. Many people think that employers also halt the hiring process during the holidays, but that is simply not true.

Productivity at the office may dwindle, but it never means that a business is “shut down” during the holiday season. Make the most of this time, and identify areas to incorporate yourself and make yourself stand out. It’s especially significant when during what may be considered to be a slow time, is particularly hectic for some employers, therefore you can identify a need and fill that need quickly.

There are many other reasons to continue pushing through and searching for jobs during the holiday season. Make the most of the time off if you are already employed, and focus that time on searching for jobs. We’ll do the same for you here at SNI Companies.

Four Reasons to Job Hunt During the Holidays

How Volunteering Can Further Your Career

Searching for ways to enhance your life, both individually and professionally? Beyond the obvious reasons, volunteering can assist in these areas in more ways than one. Yes, this extracurricular activity is commonly known for serving the community and pitching in where people need help the most, but it can also help boost your career, while leading you to your next professional journey. Here are a few ways volunteering has potential to develop and enrich your personal branding:

Share Your Skills
Putting your skills to work naturally makes them stronger, but you can also use this opportunity to help organizations in departments where they may be lacking personnel or talent. Offering your expertise will be beneficial to the non-profit, while giving you the chance to take on projects of possible different nature than your day job. These services could range from training other volunteers on office administration duties to planning fundraising events – There is also opportunity to build a social media presence and / or recreate a website for the non-profit you are volunteering for in order to heighten the advocacy for that specific cause.

Build Your Resume
Employers are always looking for the bullets on your resume that differentiate you from other candidates. While community service is a common resume section, how you utilize your volunteer responsibilities will help you stand out in the crowd. This is also a great way to fill resume gaps for those who are unemployed – Showing you remained active during this time, while listing the role(s) you held while volunteering can only help in your job search. Overall, including these endeavors display your experience and how you use it outside of a 9-5 setting.

Network, Network, Network!
In-person connections have proven to be the most influential way to grow your professional network – Especially with those who share the same passion(s) as yourself. Volunteering provides an additional way to gain new contacts + community relationships, while strengthening your networking skills. You will have the chance to meet people who otherwise may have never crossed your path, and give yourself the opportunity to learn something new from each connection.

Allowing more experiences under your belt can only help you grow and learn more about the areas you strive in; The specialized tasks in which you excel. Volunteering shows future employers personal motivation in many areas, setting you apart from others in your field. And, while building your professional reputation, you are also helping your community in a charitable fashion – A win-win!

How Volunteering Can Further Your Career

Keys to Success in the First Three Months of a New Job

After spending months interviewing, you finally get that anxiously awaited call – You got the job! Starting any new role can be stressful and exciting all in one, with the first 90 days always full of challenges – New faces, new processes, and, most relevantly, new responsibilities. These three months are commonly seen as the most crucial, as they are spent trying to impress your boss while proving your competency to hold this position. Luckily, there are several strategies to help make these 90 days as successful as possible.

Get Familiar
One important thing to task yourself with is getting to know your team – These individuals are, undoubtedly, who you will be spending the most time with day-to-day. The connections made will help you from a social perspective but also from a professional one – Purely spending the time will present how each person works and what makes them tick. It will also make you more relatable in the office culture.

Define Success
With any new position, everything is, just that, new, including the overall goals for your team. Consider setting aside time to meet with your manager to discuss their individual goals for you, as well as how your expertise and objectives will help in the grander scheme of things. Discuss how you will work together as a team, and the necessary resources for you to tap into in order to do the job (and do it well). Understanding how they measure overall success should provide you with more specific guidelines of how to tackle your first set of projects to wow your boss, while feeling confident in yourself.

3-Month Review
After the initial legwork is done and you have a few assignments under your belt, request a 3-month review with your supervisor to discuss your wins and losses thus far. 90 days provides an ample amount of time for them to get to know you, your working style, and your passion for the job – A review provides a simple way to touch base on your growth in the position, while a time to outline future milestones your manager would like to see you hit over the next three months or beyond. This also displays great initiative on your part to discuss ways to enhance your development, while showing your openness to constructive criticism.

Self-assurance is the most important thing to maintain during this transition. Challenges will definitely present themselves, especially while you are adjusting, but remember you were chosen for this job for a reason! Remain focused on what you have learned over the first 90 days and keep looking forward to what is to come – These tactics, hopefully, will be your recipe for continued success!

Keys to Success in the First Three Months of a New Job