The end of the year is a very important time think about your career goals. However, this is also a very hectic time of the year with holiday parties, gift giving, traveling, etc.

To get into the career mindset, check out these key reminders:

Timing is everything. Right now companies are deciding on changes for next year, including positions that need to be filled. Many people will be starting their job search in January, so starting the job hunt in December will give you a head start.

Use holiday social events to network. This is an opportune time to network because people tend to be motivated to help others as part of the spirit of the season. Put your best foot forward at the holiday parties, lightly discuss your career goals, dress respectfully, and go easy on the eggnog.

Maintain existing connections. Sending Christmas cards to your connections is a nice way to show your appreciation and reconnect.

Take the leap. If you’ve been holding back leaving your current company for fear of a change, remember the beginning of the year is the best time for a change. 

Use our expertise. Before you send your resume out to dozens of companies contact us so we can represent you. Our recruiters are expertly trained in finding the best match for our candidates.

Relax and reevaluate. Spend time with your family, discuss what the future holds and how a career change will improve/affect their lives.

Check out The Job Market to find great tips on how to find your dream career.