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Thursday, December 1, 2011

8 Job hunting stategies for the holidays

For those of you whom are unemployed, I wanted you to know that I am too.  It's been almost 6 months already for me and it has been longer for me in the past too.  I have found that it is easy to succumb to distractions and despair when you're out of work during the holidays...especially during the holiday seasons.  You may vacillate between feeling blue (angry, depressed, vengeful, etc...)because you're unemployed to wanting to participate in the merriment and postpone the job search until after the New Year. Follow these tips to help you stay on track and enjoy the season at the same time:

1) Attend holiday parties and family gatherings. These events are a good time to network. Tell your family and friends what you're looking for.

2) Stay the course. The perception that hiring tapers off between Thanksgiving and the New Year is simply not correct. Be persistent and work your daily plan so you can be a standout candidate.

3) Professional Associations are holding their year-end events; they're usually well attended and you should be there, too.

4) Party animal? Tone it down. Be careful about the photographs you post online.

5) Send holiday greetings to all your contacts. Let them know you're still looking for work.

6) Refresh and repost your online resumes and professional profiles; employers are more apt to contact a currently active user. (Seriously, you should refresh your resumes on Monster and CareerBuilder every month.  I know it's time consumeing and it totally sucks to repost all that info; but, after I do it, that is when I get the most calls.

7) Volunteer using your skills and expertise to help the less fortunate.

8) Get ready for the New Year. Everybody loves the optimistic feelings that come from the prospect of a fresh start. Do a little pre-planning on those cold winter nights. Keep your eye on your goals, stay positive, have some fun, and the holidays can be a time of great satisfaction.

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