Labor Day was created to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. According to the United States Department of Labor, “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
So, where does your job search come in on this day most receive off from work?
Although many job seekers could probably use a day off from their search, Labor Day can also be a great resource for jumpstarting your search. Here’s how:
Multitude of networking opportunities. Labor Day is all about barbecues, festivals and parades. Since most people choose to hang out with friends or family on their day off, you’re sure to receive an invite to one or more of these events. (You might even be hosting a get-together of your own!) Spend time talking with a variety of people. Tell them about your job search if the topic of careers is brought up. Exchange contact information with folks you’d like to talk with in the future. You never know who can help you land your next job—or who might already work at a company you’d like to work for.
A source of support and advice. Sitting around with friends and family can help you re-think certain aspects of your job search. Perhaps your neighbor recently landed a job by using an online tool you haven’t heard or. Or maybe some of your family members have been through a job search similar to yours. Whatever the case, talking about your time spent on the job hunt with supportive folks can help you re-energize your efforts in news ways.
Strengthen old relationships and forge new ones. You might meet someone new at your neighborhood barbecue this year. You could chat up an acquaintance you haven’t seen in a while. Networking is still one of the best ways to land a new job, and it can happen anywhere. Plus, it feels less awkward and less formal to talk with people at a barbecue or festival than it does at a networking event.
Of course, if you’re burned out on your job search, you might just want to take the day to take a break and relax. You can jumpstart your job search simply by re-energizing your efforts and participating in something you enjoy. After all, most folks aren’t in the office on Labor Day anyway, so save those online applications for September 6.
How are you spending your Labor Day?
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010) and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.