It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for people that don’t have to job-hunt or work over Christmas. While there are plenty of parties being lined up, work socials where ‘just one drink’ will end in bar dancing and all the mince pies you can eat, it’s important to remember that work still needs to be done. If you’re already wishing the days away until Christmas then we’ve got the top tips on how to keep motivated over the holiday season.
Don’t end up on the naughty list
You may have your list for Santa perfected and the plan of what you’re buying everyone else completely organised, but the most important list is what you plan to do workwise. If you’re looking for a job you should keep a clear record of the jobs you’ve already applied for and what stage they’re at and the places you’ve yet to target.
If you’re in a job then you should establish what you want to achieve between now and New Year so you have clear goals to keep you focussed. When you know exactly how much is left to do before you can let your hair down it will stop you settling into a five film marathon.
Just one more episode…
There’s nothing like the relaxing Christmas period and it’s endless TV, film and social offerings, but if you can tune out extra distractions you’ll be able to concentrate more and get your tasks done on time. This can seem especially difficult if you work from home and convince yourself that you can still work with Elf on in the background, but this is a lie wrapped up in a pretty present bow.
Turn off the TV and keep it off and use blocking apps on your laptop and phone if need be that can keep social media apps or go-to distraction websites inaccessible for set periods of time. If you can’t use them then you won’t waste time and you can focus on more important activities.
Give yourself the gift of a job
If you’re looking for a new job, now is a surprisingly good time to ramp up your efforts. Around New Year many people are thinking about changing their career and recruiters know this, meaning if new jobs aren’t already listed then they may be soon which is a great thing to keep in mind when you’re wondering how to keep motivated over the holiday season. In addition to this people may be tempted to just enjoy the next few weeks and start looking in January instead meaning you can get a head start on the competition.
Make the most of networking opportunities or even meet ups with family or friends who may have inside connections to an industry you’d love to work in and set aside time every day to continue your job search. If you want more tailored tips on why you should look for your next job now we’ve got a blog piece dedicated to just that!
Money makes the world go around
Christmas may be commercialised and you may be flashing the cash more than any other time of the year, but this is also a good idea if you’re looking for a new role or just need to improve your work wardrobe.
When you’re out buying gifts for friends and family think about what you would wear for any upcoming interviews or if you’re really dressed smartly enough for your current role. It never hurts to have a couple of extra wardrobe pieces that you can always turn to in a hurry and if you get a last minute interview or meeting you don’t want to be scrambling around.
If you really want a merry Christmas and a happy new year then come and talk to us, finding you the perfect job or candidate is what we sleigh at!