Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired in the New Year: Fine Tuning Your Skills This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us! We all know that many companies actually increase hiring during this season as Christmas brings about an influx of business for those in retail, shipping, the food industry, and more. However, if you’re finding it hard to get hired in spite of the supposed increase in job opportunities, this could be the perfect opportunity to make yourself more marketable before the New Year when employers will be seeking applicants to fill openings on their staff for the new tax season. While it might not be the opportune time for you to go back to school or make major life adjustments for the sake of landing the job you’re hoping for, there are simple changes you can make and easy practices to employ that will make you appealing to employers and will boost your resume when it’s time to hit the application trail again.

When you’re ready to get hired, try:

  • Adding some volunteer hours! This is the perfect time of year to add in some charitable work as many non-profits and organizations are asking for help with holiday drives, fundraisers, outreach programs, and more. Oftentimes, the volunteer opportunities cover everything from management-type positions (such as overseeing aspects of a fundraiser or event) to sorting and organizing donations in a warehouse environment. Depending on your employable skill set, you can seek out volunteer opportunities that would enhance or boost your current career history, and give you more credibility with those specific talents. It’s a great way to add experience and some new references to your resume!
  • Look for free or low cost training opportunities. Many libraries, community colleges, and/or local vocational schools offer seminars, classes, and more throughout the year, but especially during the winter months when school is out for the holiday season and the Fall semester has come to an end. From typing and computer skills courses to more specialized training options, these free or low-cost programs are a wonderful way to add more credibility to your resume and increase your chances of landing the job you’re after.
  • Get your resume scrutinized professionally! While not a “skill” you train for, knowing how to write and tailor your resume to fit the position you desire is key in getting hired faster, especially in today’s competitive job market. If you are getting the calls back from HR staff or employers, your resume could be to blame. Often you can find professionals through your local library or college who are willing to work with you on your resume without costing a fortune, or you can find a friend or family member with a professional background to help you weave your skills and work history into something impressive that will stand out in your next job application or interview.

Polk County residents know they can trust PHR Staffing Solutions to help them find the perfect job FAST, at Christmas and all year long. We are always working to match quality applicants with local employers who trust us to fill their staff vacancies quickly and efficiently. We work with you from start to finish to make the process easy and stress-free, and we offer resources like assistance with your resume, help with interview preparation, and more. Give us a call when you’re ready to get hired.