Your Job Search: Take Advantage of the Holiday Season

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! For many of you it meant coaching your team, working game management, or having some down time. With Christmas coming soon, and then New Years, many people decide to take some time away from their job search. This is a good thing, right? It is for you!

Many people do take the holidays off from their job search because they reason that nobody is hiring. And once the New Year rolls around, they’ll pick their search up again. This is a good thing for you because people are hiring. Take a look at the jobs listed in our current newsletter. The jobs range from every division and nearly every type of job. And if people are taking a month, or so, off from their job search, that means fewer applicants and less competition for each position.

Couple this reduced competition, along with the networking opportunities available during this time of year, and the holidays become a great time for you to be active in the job market. Below are six thoughts to consider as we approach Christmas and New Years:

  • Stay Active in the Job Search Process – Remember that competition for each job is significantly reduced during this time of year. Be the exception and continue to work your job search campaign.
  • The Holiday Season offers Networking Opportunities – This is because of the large number of parties, gatherings, and functions. Take advantage of these opportunities but do it gracefully so you don’t appear to be using these events as your mini-job search campaign.
  • Be Intentional in Building Relationships – One of your main focuses needs to be on building positive relationships with colleagues. You will want to be purposeful in developing these relationships, yet be sincere in wanting to get to know them. This means you should be very outgoing and friendly during the events, but don’t continue to look over their shoulder for the next person you can talk to. Stay in the moment and build a relationship.
  • Your Image Counts – Look professional and don’t come to the Christmas party dressed as Santa. It’s great to have fun during these events, but whether you like it or not, you’re being judged. People draw conclusions about you based on how you look, what you say, and what you do. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun; it just means that you shouldn’t take crazy pictures and post them on Facebook or grab the mic and make a fool out of yourself.
  • Don’t Overdo the Punch – Have fun at the parties but don’t over do it. Your brand and reputation are on the line.
  • Know the Job Search Process – A job search goal that is easy for you to accomplish during this time of year is to brush up on your job search skills. Know what your skills and abilities are. Have your sales pitch written out, practiced, and down pat. Perfect your resume and cover letter. Write out and practice your answers to interview questions. Practice telling stories. In other words, read and prepare for all five stages of the job search process. When asked what you’d like for Christmas, you might want to consider a new suit, new dress shoes, or a book on the elements that are associated with the job search process.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS!


Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University. He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach. He is also an author of 9 books. Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at or his new book Execute for Success at


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Sonoma State University




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