Job Search Advice for the Holiday Season

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People seem to assume that job search is more challenging during the holiday season. Learn what job seekers should keep in mind for the holidays.

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Job Search Advice for the Holiday Season

  1. 1. Job Search Advice for the Holiday SeasonWhat job seekers should keep in mind for the holidays Create Your Career Path HallieCrawford.com, LLC www.halliecrawford.com Copyright 2012
  2. 2. Can you find work during theholidays?The answer is…YES! People seem to assume that job search is more challenging during the holidayseason. Some of the reasons are…  People are busy traveling  Everybody’s making holiday preparations  There are many holiday festivities to attend  You often hear more about seasonal workThese things do NOT mean that you can’t make the most of the holidays and find a permanent position.There are 2 things that job seekers should keep in mind during the holiday season. ©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  3. 3. #1 – Companies are still hiringCompanies with openings don’t necessarily quit interviewing during the holidayseason. In fact, some are driven to hire before the first of the year.The holidays can help your job search because many people believethey won’t find work this time of year.  As a result, less people are actively pursuing a permanent position.  It’s important to stay persistent throughout the application process, so that you will stand out in the crowd.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  4. 4. #2 – Networking is keyThe key to job searching during the holidays is networking! Amidst the holidays,you can encounter many networking opportunities such as:  Family events  Holiday parties  Holiday shopping  Any group gatheringThis is the perfect time of year to build a strong network with various friends, family,acquaintances, old co-workers, etc. ©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  5. 5. Tips to help you land your idealjobHere are some tips that might help you land your ideal job this holiday season:  Follow Up - Don’t postpone follow-up calls or resume submission because you assume communication will be difficult during the holidays.  Network - Network with all your contacts and keep an eye out for holiday networking events.  Prepare - Bring copies of your resume and business cards to work parties. Dress conservatively, and stay away from the spiked holiday punch.  Be Pro-Active - If you hear about a new position and the hiring process will begin in the New Year, submit an updated resume in advance with a note that you heard about the position and that you’ll follow up first thing in 2013.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  6. 6. Happy Holidays and HappyHunting!Remember all of these tips as we roll into the holiday season.And don’t forget… The holidays can really help you connect with those who might have experience or knowledge in your desired industry. Do a little homework before the festivities so that you are ready with questions, and make sure you have your own ‘plug’ to use that is short and simple. Most importantly, be yourself. You want a job that suits your style, personality, and unique skill set. The best way to find one is to put yourself out there and see what happens next.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  7. 7. About Create your Career PathCreate Your Career Path was founded by certified career coach, speaker and author Hallie Crawford.Crawford has served on the Board of the Georgia Coach Association, and is regularly featured as acareer expert on CNN, Fox Business News Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo HotJobs,and Entrepreneur Magazine.Create Your Career Path is a boutique career coaching firm known for their personal attention,commitment to clients and a blend of dreaming and being practical in achieving career goals. Since2002, they’ve helped hundreds of clients all over the world find and succeed in their dream job.Each of their coaches are certified coaches with specific career coaching experience and training.They cater to professional men and women, management level and higher, in mid-career transition.Their success rate is 97%, measured by the number of people who have gotten what they wantedout of coaching. The coaches use a specific tried and tested process and tools developed by HallieCrawford over the years.Contact us for a complimentary consultation: www.halliecrawford.com/contact.html.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com

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