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Job Searching During the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, many job seekers are putting their job searches on hold until the New Year. Some are just too busy during this time to focus on their job search; while others think that employers may wait until their new budgets go into effect to hire new staff.
However, it is a misconception that the end of the year is a bad time to search for a job. In fact, the holiday season can be a strategic time to search for a job.
The casino-gaming industry offers many festivities during the holidays, and many employers have seasonal opportunities or want to train new employees before January. Since many job seekers may be pre-occupied with the upcoming holidays, the competition is low. So, by applying now, you can get a competitive edge.

Several tips on how can you use the holiday season to your best job searching advantage include:
  • Send holiday cards— Sending holiday cards gives you the opportunity to reach out to people whom you haven't seen in a while, without making it seem fake. Write a short note to "update" them on your life and casually let them know you are on the job market.
     
  •  Network at holiday parties— The holidays are time for celebration and parties. Use holiday get-togethers as an opportunity to network with friends and family. Ask about openings at their place of work.
So give yourself the gift of a job this season!

Composed by Amanda Hopkins a career tip writer and former Casino Careers Communications Specialist.