This week, the news media commented how online shopping trends continued to grow, just simply click and collect. It got me thinking that job seekers shopping online for their ideal job, will need motivation to keep going and not to ease off as the dream job may just be around the corner when least expected. Could you be missing job opportunities if you take the summer off? The countdown to Christmas might be on but don’t relax just yet. When it comes to your job search, summer doesn’t have to mean slow. Companies will continue to hire during the holidays, despite the busy, crazy festive season. They will have business requirements to meet, may want vacancies filled prior to Christmas or need to spend their hiring budget, otherwise could lose that amount in the new years’ fund.

Getting ahead of the game, stay motivated, don’t get discouraged! You need to remember that there is the common perception that hiring falls off during the holidays is a myth. The job market could be less competitive, when others are not actively looking. Hiring managers may be easier to reach at this time of the year – as the holiday spirit pervades, everyone is a little happier. Holidays is a perfect time to build your personal and social network. Start with talking to people you know. ie family, friends, neighbours, tutors, your dentist and so on. Of course, network at parties too. Letting people know you are actively looking is an excellent strategy.

Keep a job search schedule, or set aside an hour a day to put a structure in place. It’s easy to be lazy. Use the time to research and target relevant organisations, including industry professionals and associations, so that you can plan for an information visit or arrange a coffee meeting.

This is a relaxed time to brush up on social networking skills and check out the job boards. Make sure your personal profile is professional as recruiters regularly google candidates. Keep a tidy social face book page – you might want to hide any undesired content (such as a pictures of being drunk at a party). Have up to date, relevant content; your personal skills and experience that portrays a professional appearance on your LinkedIn.

Now you have time to revamp your CV, update your qualifications and experience or go out and gain new skills (try volunteering).

With Christmas retail bargains in the stores, this is your chance to smarten up on your corporate wardrobe and be ready for your next job interview.

Keep up with your online job search on Victoria CareerHub for newly listed vacancies. Don’t forget to set up email alerts, which will notify you of new positions that match your criteria. Vic Careers also offer hot tips on finding Summer Work. Why not come in to have your CV checked and review your job hunting strategies.