The holiday season is upon us and it is hard not to get caught up in the hussle and bussle. Holiday shopping, parties and family get-togethers may make it difficult to find the time to focus on your job search. If you find yourself short on time, here are a few job search strategies you can use that take little time to execute, yet yield great results.
Use Metasearch job search engines: Metasearch engines include job sites such as Indeed or Simply Hired that aggregate job postings from thousands of job boards, newspapers, associations, as well as company career pages. These sites are a one-stop shop with multiple sources that will save you time and energy during this busy season. Another great aggregate job search engine to try is LinkUp, which is a vertical search engine that focuses solely on job listings from thousands of company websites.
Set up email alerts: Instead of doing the same search over and over again each day, sign up for email alerts for specific jobs that interest you. Either through metasearch engines or traditional job boards, you can receive daily emails containing jobs related to your search preferences. Your email alerts can be tailored to be really specific or very broad and you can create as many alerts as you desire.
Network: Use the social aspect of the holidays to your advantage. Holiday gatherings and events that may seem like distractions from your job search are actually great opportunities for networking. One of your family members or friends may have a job lead or inside connection at a company, so it might benefit you to not shy away from discussing your job search and ideal job with them.
All of the above tips are great strategies that you can easily fit into this busy season. Even with all these time saving short cuts, it is important to remember that the more time you spend on your job search, the better results you will get.