Four Ways the Holidays Can Help Your Job Search

Last Updated Dec 23, 2009 3:44 PM EST

The recent BusinessWeek article "An MBA Christmas: The Holiday Job Hunt" shared tips for MBA students hoping to use their winter breaks wisely by lining up internships and jobs for the new year. Much of the advice also applies to those already in the workforce who might be hoping to find greener pastures in 2010.

Either way, here are some of the takeaways for using the unique job-hunting opportunities that the holiday season presents:

  • 1. Use downtime wisely: When you're out of the office or the classroom, don't just sit on the couch watching Miracle on 34th Street for the tenth time this month. Keep searching for jobs and use the extra time to research companies, write cover letters, update your resume and so on.
  • 2. Network, network, network: Whether you're sitting next to a stranger on a plane or chatting with new acquaintances at your significant other's December work party, the holidays often bring with them new networking opportunities. Don't be shy about approaching others, asking their advice and offering to connect them or assist them in some way.
  • 3. Build up your credits: If you're lucky enough to have a few weeks off, you can add some impressive accomplishments to your resume. Try writing an article for an industry journal or taking a lead role on a volunteering project.
  • 4. Make career inroads: The BusinessWeek article points out that many executives will be giving their assistants time off during the holidays. If they're in the office, they might pick up the phones themselves, presenting the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself without having to go through the usual channels.
Whether you're focusing your energy this season on finding a new job, getting caught up with your current one or taking a well-deserved break from all things work related, I wish all of you happy holidays and a prosperous 2010.

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  • Stacy Blackman

    Stacy Sukov Blackman is president of Stacy Blackman Consulting, where she consults on MBA admissions. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy serves on the Board of Directors of AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, and has published a guide to MBA Admissions, The MBA Application Roadmap.