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Managing Job Search and Workplace Stress During the Holiday Season

Managing job search and workplace stress during the holiday season can be challenging. Adding in holiday shopping, decorating, baking, parties, school events, and family gatherings can increase your stress level and lead to burnout.

However, one of the best times to conduct a job search is during the holiday season. Not only do you face less competition, but there also are abundant networking opportunities.

Fortunately, you can take steps to manage your stress level during the holidays. These suggestions can help.

Choose among these methods to manage job search and workplace stress during the holiday season.

Develop a Job Search Schedule

Decide how much time you will devote to your job search each week. Then, schedule your search activities accordingly.

Carving out time for your job search helps maintain work-life integration. You can maintain your current role and engage in holiday celebrations while finding a new position.

Adherence to your job search schedule helps keep you accountable. You can make progress in your search while fulfilling other personal and professional responsibilities.


Reach out to members of your network who can help with your job search. For instance, send emails to former colleagues and coworkers wishing them the best during the holiday season. Mention that you are looking for a new job and are wondering if they know of any openings. Or, send a holiday greeting without mentioning your job search to potentially start a conversation and mention the topic later.

Focus on meeting other professionals at holiday events. You can exchange business cards and mention your job search when you follow up. Your new connections might know of opportunities that fit your goals and interests. Or, your connections could introduce you to a hiring manager or another professional who could help with your search.

Partner with a Staffing Agency

Working with a staffing agency can help you find a job in less time than searching on your own:

  • The staffing agency has a broad, deep network of clients who need employees.
  • An agency recruiter can talk you up to hiring managers.
  • You gain coaching and support throughout the hiring process.
  • You decide whether a role is right for you.
  • The recruiter negotiates any job offers on your behalf.

Are You Ready to Reduce the Stress of Your Job Search?

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