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December Graduate Job Hunting Tips

The December graduation ceremony is only a few days away! A huge congratulations goes out to the 700 students receiving degrees from UW-Whitewater!

For those about to graduate or anyone looking to score a job this winter, listed below are a few myths and tips to help you in the job search.

Myths:

  • No company hires in December. This is not true. Many companies hire on extra work for the holidays. Prove to management and co-workers you are in it for the long hall and want to continue working after the holidays.
  • Nothing happens over the holidays. False again. The holiday season is one of the busiest times for many companies. Not only because of holiday shopping but also because companies need to prepare for the year ahead.
  • Don’t hit the job searching market till after December. Wrong. The holidays are a great time to interact with hiring managers. Everyone seems to be in a better mood and more relaxed during the holidays. Take advantage of this opportunity and use it to your potential.
  • Low budgets. No way. Many companies look at their budgets at the end of the year and find a little more than they thought. A perfect reason to hire on a new employee. One other thought is that all companies fiscal years don’t start and stop when the calendar year starts and stops. December and January could very well land in the middle of a companies fiscal year and not at the end.

Tips:

  • Network network network. The holidays are full of parties and get-togethers. Take advantage of the surplus chit-chatting and holiday cheer. Talking to decision makers and hiring managers when they are in a good mood is always a good choice.
  • The old school approach. Take the time out to send holiday cards, especially to those people in your life that truly matter. Hand written notes are always best and why not throw your business card in the envelope. You never know who could respond.
  • Talk to family. No matter the time of year, family is always a good place to start a job search. The holidays just make is that mach easier. Everyone comes together for the holidays so take advantage of the situation. Grab some hot chocolate and take a seat on the couch with your long lost uncle. Conversation possibilities are endless.

December grads, again, congratulations on your success thus far and good luck on the start to a new chapter in your life. Use the above tips to help you find that perfect job over the holiday season.

Happy holidays from everyone here @UWWCoBE! Safe travels and we look forward to seeing everyone again after break.

Resources from Mashable. Written by: Austin D.

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