While Christmas is peddled as a time for families, festive fun, and a bit-of-a-break, if you're a job seeker you can't afford to relax for a moment (well appear to relax anyway). It's a rough and tumble world world out there, and if you're taking some time out to let the days drift by, there will be others beavering away to take advantage of your sloth.
I can remember a time when the Christmas holiday was just that - a holiday - but the internet doesn't sleep, and people were never more attached to their technology than today. I was struck by some research that Reed.co.uk recently undertook:
So it's clear workers are more active than they used to be. Even if they're at home, they're still 'busy' and ready to pounce at anything that moves.
If the thought of this is turning you to stress, relax a little - the great thing about technology is you can use it to your advantage. You can still fill yourself with pud and grog, yet still remain visible and lively....
A RECRUITER'S RESOLUTION: Pledge to deal with candidates better. You/we have a dreadful name among job hunters. What they'd like is feedback on their every move. What they get, most times, is.... nothing. Not even an acknowledgement. Let's be fair, you won't be able to cope with personal messages to everybody, but technology can at least let candidates know where they stand in any process.
It would be really good if you did this. Candidates would be a whole lot less suspicious when we approach them in the first place.
Have a break. Enjoy it. Share good times with friends and family. Even appreciate the socks when they arrive.
Just don't let the season drift past without a little thought and preparation. Go on. It won't take long.
Do it now.
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