How can I say this politely? No. NO. NO! I completely disagree with your strategy.
There are so many opportunities this holiday season to move your job search forward. You can't afford to miss out on them. Here are my Top 10.
- The holiday season is actually the most wonderful (networking) time of the year. Go to those holiday parties, mix and mingle and, with finesse, exchange business cards (you have them, right?).
- Some employers work diligently to fill jobs over the holidays because they must fill them before yearend. Don't miss out by taking it easy.
- Many networking groups add holiday networking meetings to their schedules in December. Build your network in December for a great new year and for a great career.
- The holiday season is rich with spiritual meaning and teaching. Attend a place of worship, read scripture or a good book. Perhaps you'll find new peace, extra hope and encouragement that will support you through your transition.
- The holidays mean the Salvation Army Red Kettle comes out, along with many opportunities for giving. Donating money to an important cause can be rewarding and fulfilling. Instead of giving frivolous gifts that will kill your budget, give gifts that give back. Checkout www.charitynavigator.org for ideas.
- If money is tight, give of your time. Organize a family day serving meals or lead them in collecting stuff to donate to Goodwill here in Lake Zurich.
- Send cards to friends and colleagues but this year, take the time to handwrite personal notes. Express gratitude and appreciation for each person and what they mean to you. People will remember this throughout the coming year.
- Send personal holiday messages to colleagues on LinkedIn or Facebook, expanding and enriching your network. This will set a great foundation for networking and informational meetings in January.
- The holiday season can be stressful because of travel and extra family obligations. If you find downtime during this season, use it to exercise. Working out will not only help you reduce stress, it will burn off those extra calories you'll consume in holiday food and drink.
- The holiday season ushers in the new year. Take time to seriously review your values and priorities and assess how well you are living your life in light of these. Ask yourself what you will do differently next year to live life on-purpose.
Happy Holiday Search to All!
Your neighbor and career coach,