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Sustain Your Job Search During the Holidays

I commonly hear job seekers express apprehension and a sense of futility about looking for a job from the latter half of November through the first week in January. They seem to think the lack of response from employers they experience during the rest of the year will only get worse during this time period at the end of the year. The truth of the matter is that for a variety of reasons, the year-end holiday period is a good time to sustain your job search.

Below are these lists:
* Reasons to “Rev Up” Your Job Search Over the Holidays
* Myths about Looking for a job over the Holidays. (Don’t buy into them.)
* Things that You can do that are More Effective during the Holidays:
* Pithy Quotes (that will hopefully add to your inspiration to keep at the job search)

I hope this helps you out.

Reasons to “Rev Up” Your Job Search Over the Holidays

* There is less competition, because many job seekers are pessimistic about the prospects over the holidays and fewer people are actively looking. Those who work the phones have an above-average chance of getting a face-to-face interview.

* Positions advertised over the holidays are ones that companies are very serious about filling.

* Secretaries and other gate keepers are more likely to be on vacation. That increases your chance of actually talking to a hiring manager.

* Executives who travel a lot throughout the year are often in, sorting through end-of-the-year paperwork or finishing business plans for the next year. This is another reason why your chance of talking to a hiring manager increases.

* Employed people who voluntarily leave typically do so at the end of the year. That creates openings for persistent job seekers.

* Holiday parties are good for networking and you, even as a job seeker, will get invited to more “get-togethers” at this time of the year than any other.

* Business volume increases for many employers at the end of the year due to the seasonal buying pattern of their customers. This creates more job opportunities.

* Employed people tend to want to tie up loose ends before the new year. Hiring managers, human-resource representatives and executive recruiters are like the rest of us who have that feeling of urgency as the year-end approaches. If there are unfilled positions on their staffs, hiring managers naturally want to fill them.

* Headhunters are more motivated to place candidates before the end of the year. “Contingency” recruiters are paid on commission. This commission is based on fees their company earns for placing professionals. The amount the individual recruiter receives can be up to 60% of the total fee or higher if the recruiter is a principal or owner of his firm.

Myths about Looking for a job over the Holidays. (Don’t buy into them.)

* No one does any hiring at this time of the year.

* No one has time for a meeting – with all their other concerns.

* There is no turnover in December.

* There are no budget dollars left to do anything else this year.

* Everyone is too busy with year-end projects.

* Everyone goes on vacation out of town.

* Anyone you haven’t talked with in a while will feel that you are “using” them if you contact them now when you need a job.

Things that You can do that are More Effective during the Holidays:

* Make a telephone “holiday” greeting call to the people in your network. The holidays give you another reason to remind them that you are looking for a job.

* Get involved in a year-end charitable event. This will create networking opportunities for you, in addition to doing something worthwhile.

* Send holiday greeting cards with your business card enclosed to hiring managers with whom you’ve recently interviewed.

* Consider a part-time job (even if it’s not your first job objective) with an employer who needs extra help over the holidays. It may turn into a more desirable job and, and at a minimum, it will generate some cash for the holidays. (About 40% of temp workers at Manpower Inc., a temporary-staffing firm based in Milwaukee, end up getting a permanent position.)


Pithy Quotes (that will hopefully add to your inspiration to keep at the job search)

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is!” – Will Rogers.

“I am a great believer in luck and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1865).

“Hope is the dream of those that wake.” – Matthew Prior.

“To have begun is half the job: be bold and be sensible.” – Horace, Roman Poet (65 – 8 BC).

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)

“There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.” – B. C. Forbes.


November 15, 2011 - Posted by | All

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