Job seekers believe that the holidays are a bad time for this, since most businesses slow or shut down over this period. Photo: File

DURBAN - When it comes to searching for employment, many job seekers believe that the holidays are a bad time for this, since most businesses slow or shut down over this period.  

ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van Den Barselaar, is of a different opinion.

"Besides the fact that employers look to hire when they need employees, which could be any time of the year, a slow down during the holiday season might even give employers more time to look into their hiring needs and strategies," van Den Barselaar explains. 

Van den Barselaar provides the following tips and insights into how and why to keep your job search alive during the holiday season: 

Work on your CV and cover letter 

Tweaking your CV can make all the difference in your job search, especially if you are tailoring it specifically for the job that you are applying for. 

The managing director said "Make sure you are listing your skills and experience in the best possible way for the job you are applying for, and that your cover letter contains information that is important and relevant to the role you are looking to fulfill". 

Van den Barselaar also suggests looking at the format of your CV. "Put some thought into how you can deliver impact and be remembered amongst a list of candidates," she said. 

Employers are looking for temporary staff 

The holiday period can be a good time to gain work experience through internships and temporary contracts, as employers look to use skeleton staff or temporary staff, while other staff is off.  

"Take advantage of this, as work experience is both valuable for your job search and for improving your skills set," said van den Barselaar. 

Create a schedule 

Creating a job-search schedule can be useful during the holiday period, as it is easy to be distracted at this time of year. 

"A schedule will help you to make sure you are working on your job search each day, which will give you a better chance of finding employment, " said van den Barselaar. 


The holidays are a great time to reconnect with your contacts, send holidays emails and messages, attend holiday functions and let them know you are in the market for a job. “This may also keep you top-of-mind should any jobs become available come January. Don’t underestimate the power of networking," said van den Barselaar. 

Develop your skills 

Use the holiday season to improve on your skills set – through online courses, training or any other available courses in your area. 

According to van den Barselaar, this positive for your personal career development, but will show dedication and commitment to your potential employers.