Contact: Dr. Randall S. Hansen
November 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
While many job-seekers give up searching for a new job during the holidays, leading career site Quintessential Careers suggests smart job-seekers do just the opposite.
(QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS: Kettle Falls, WA) — Thinking that job-hunting, networking, and hiring stop because of the holidays is perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions of job-seekers, said Quintessential Careers (http://www.quintcareers.com/) Founder and Publisher Dr. Randall S. Hansen.
“The simple truth is that while the holidays do cause business to slow, employers are still interviewing and still hiring — and deep into planning for the following year,” Hansen said.
In a new article published on Quintessential Careers, Hansen provides some key how-to’s for searching for a job between Thanksgiving and New Years, including:
The first step, according to Hansen, involves a change in your mindset — both about job-hunting and about the holidays. You’ll need to believe — really believe — that you can have job-search success during the holidays — fighting off the holiday blues when you have to. Furthermore, make an action plan for the twenty or so business days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s — with a goal of accomplishing at least one job-search activity each day.
The second step is about reviewing your job-search materials and strategies. If you have not been successful obtaining interviews or attaining job offers, before ramping up your holiday job-hunting, consider getting an expert to review your methods, Hansen said. Often there are simple fixes to resumes and interviewing techniques that can quickly lead to success.
The third step focuses on taking advantage of the holidays for pushing your networking activities into a higher gear. According to Hansen, with work slowing and people in a more festive mood, now is the time for job-seekers to request meetings, reconnect with people, attend holiday gatherings, and request informational interviews. Networking is always the best tool for uncovering job leads, and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to schedule meetings.
The fourth step involves monitoring key employer career centers and niche and professional job boards. Even in December, new job opportunities will be posted by employers, so spend some of your time monitoring and applying for these positions.
An optional step, according to Hansen, if you have the time and energy, is to volunteer. Charities and other organizations are often stressed to the limits trying to help people cope with the holidays. Besides the emotional and spiritual lift you’ll receive from giving back, volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people to add to your network.
The full article can be found here: http://www.quintcareers.com/holiday_season_job-hunting.html.
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