Veterans, Don't Quit Job Searching During the Holidays


By Peter A. Gudmundsson

“I guess that I will have to take the holidays off.” “It is impossible to conduct a job search during the holidays when no one is working.”
How often have you heard one of these comments from someone engaged in a job search? Like so many assumptions about career transitions, this conjecture is unequivocally wrong. The ill-informed conclusion that job search activity is suspended through holidays is based on many factors, chiefly a misunderstanding of the role of networking in career development.
Veterans, like all job seekers, need access to opportunity through people. Far from a bust, the holiday season is actually the best time of year to develop contacts and relationships.
The key to effective job searching is insight and access to information, people and processes – what most people call “networking.” In the days leading up to and following Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or any of the many three-day holiday weekends throughout the year, access to professionals becomes easier for job seekers for three main factors.
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