Holiday job hunt – glowing tips for the season ahead
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be much mistletoe-ing and hearts will be glowing…..”
The holiday season does bring plenty of good cheer, songs, parties, gift-giving and more. Yet for job seekers, it can be tough to fight off the blues and flick out the resumes.
They cannot afford to slow down. More than 8.4 million jobs were filled last November and December, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. And since some job-seekers take a break during December, you may have less competition, said Susan P. Joyce in a Work Coach Cafe post. Joyce, founder of Job-Hunt.org mega-site, wants to encourage people to keep going their search alive and active, so she brought together advice from two dozen job search bloggers and experts in a new Kindle e-book called “New Year, New Job! 101 Top Tips from Job-Hunt Experts for Your Holiday Job Search: How to Use the Holidays to Advance Your Job Search”
“We’re not trying to make money here. We’re trying to inspire people to find jobs in November and December,” Joyce told me. The book sells for 99 cents on Amazon.com, and for five days starting on Thanksgiving, it will be available free. This gift from Joyce and her team so inspired me that I am helping to promote the e-book and its ideas on social media and here.
This is my quick collection of holiday job search tips, some from New Year, New Job! and some from my writing:
- Volunteer at charity, chamber events. Hiring managers are going to these holiday events, and so are the corporate sponsors, writes Stephen Hinton, Job-Hunt’s green jobs expert. So volunteer to staff the registration table or in another place where you can meet them or reconnect.
- Add an Amazon profile. Millions of people will be shopping there in the next month, so add a professional headshot and as many relevant key words as you can fit, writes Meg Guiseppi, Job-Hunt’s personal brand expert. Then write some book reviews relevant to your industry or career “to build credibility for your brand,” she suggests in the New Year / New Job book.
- Be a star at the holiday parties. Go in with a plan and project confidence, professionalism and warmth, Nancy Karas, a Five O’Clock Club senior career coach, suggests in my Glassdoor post.
- Send holiday cards to connect. This Glassdoor post brings suggestions from executive Ford Myers, who wrote a terrific book called Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Your message inside ought to be “proper, polite and gracious,” he says.
- Know the right answers. Yes, you’re available to work weekends, and yes, you will work Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Your attitude must be upbeat and whatever-you-need. If there’s a glitch on your resume, come up with a short honest answer for what happened – and what you learned.
- Develop a ‘magic week’ strategy. The week between Christmas and New Year is magical, and managers still feel joyful yet they have few meetings or deadlines, writes Nan S. Russell, Job-Hunt’s job loss recovery expert. So be strategic and “spark connections with key people.”
These are only an appetizer portion of tips to get you enthused. This e-book’s suggestions were tasty enough to be featured on Fortune.com’s Ask Annie column. If you want the main dish – much more inspiring ideas and advice – please grab Joyce’s new e-book now.