The holidays are a time for family, friends, and FOOD. But they can also be a time to get your job search on track! Looking for a job during the holidays can be a daunting task. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, fam. Here are 8 job search tips to help you stand out from the crowd and get that callback before you know it.
1. Use Your Downtime Wisely
Make the most out of your holiday downtime. If you’re working at an office where it’s slow during the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to start job hunting. Look for jobs online during your break and connect with people in your network who may know recruiters or other HR professionals.
Additionally, book some networking meetings or informational interviews if your vacation days need to be used up. These can be great networking opportunities not just because they allow us to meet new acquaintances but also gives others insight into our interests – perfect timing.
2. Start Applying Early
It’s always early enough to start applying for jobs! So, if you want that dream gig, then start hustling now. You can let employers know how excited or motivated you are to work for their company by reaching out to recruiters directly on social media. Establish a connection with your target company before the job postings go live to stay ahead of the competition. Check out our current job postings on obsidi.com.
Here’s a video on how to view job postings on Obsidi.
3. Update Your Resume and Obsidi Profile
Update your resume to reflect who you are and what makes YOU special. That means if your resume is outdated, then it’s time for an update! Take some time to update your resume with any new experiences or skills you’ve acquired since the last time you applied for a job. This is especially important if it’s been several years since you’ve been in the workforce. Your best self should be displayed while applying so that hiring managers can get an idea of how fly (and qualified) you are! Remove any typos because that’s unprofessional, and ensure that the information listed on your resume is relevant to the position. Now don’t forget you can upload your updated resume on Obsidi.
4. Network, Network, and Network
Don’t underestimate the power of your network, especially as a Black professional. Like seriously, we mean it, your network is your net worth. Nurture your network, which will nurture you back; a great way to do this is by making connections on Obsidi, where you have access to a network of over 25,000 members. Not gonna lie; it’s your best way to stay ahead of the competition. So make sure you’re always building and maintaining a strong network of connections and making the most of your online presence on Obsidi.
5. Create A Schedule
Take the time to focus on yourself and your job search. Creating an effective schedule is key to staying committed and getting results! You can even use this as a way of holding yourself accountable and can start by devoting 30 mins to your career goals, boo.
It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget to focus on your career goals. But trust me, boo, taking the time to create an effective job search schedule is key to staying committed and getting results! You can even use this as a way of holding yourself accountable.
6. Do Your Research
Do your research. You know the saying, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Well, that’s especially true when it comes to job hunting. Figure out which companies best suit you, and then prepare targeted applications for them. If you put in the time and effort upfront, you’ll increase your chances of landing your dream job. Remember, don’t just settle for any job–go after what you want.
7. Prepare for Interviews
Get your interview game face on! Remember, first impressions matter, so dress the part and show confidence. Learn how to answer common questions and practice your delivery. Here are a few common ones:
- “Tell me about yourself.” This one is all about selling yourself. Keep it brief and to the point, highlighting your relevant skills and experience. Sound enthusiastic!
- “What are your strengths?” Yo, toot your own horn. Don’t be shy; tell them why you’re the best person for the job. Humble brag.
- “What are your weaknesses?” We all have them, so don’t try to act like you don’t. But this is also an opportunity to show you’re self-aware and working on improving yourself. For example, you could say something like, “I’m working on being more patient.”
- “Why should we hire you?” This is where you need to sell yourself. Make a list of all the reasons they should hire you, and then pick the three strongest ones to focus on. And again, sounding confident is key!
8. Stay Positive and Keep Pushing!
Positivity is key during a job search. Don’t get discouraged; keep pushing, and something worthwhile will come your way. Focus on finding a role that you love and that makes you happy. Remember, there is always time to change career paths or try something new. You got this! If you’re looking for a community that supports you with career tools, resources and epic memes, then Obsidi is the place for you. Let’s grow together!