Are you seriously looking for a new job, but figure that holiday job search is a waste of time? Nobody’s hiring in November and December, right?
The holidays are one of the BEST times to land a job, or make strides toward landing first thing in the New Year. This is mostly because so many job seekers think it’s one of the WORST times.
They put things on hold until the New Year, leaving many year-end opportunities unclaimed . . . and available for you to swoop in and grab.
If you job hunt during the holiday season, you’ll have much less competition.
101+ Holiday Job Search Tips
I collaborated with Susan P. Joyce, online job search guru and publisher of Job-Hunt.org, to create this ebook. It’s loaded with juicy tips from the Job-Hunt Experts, to help you navigate a job search over the holiday season.
How to Get Your FREE Copy of the Ebook
Access the FREE version on Job-Hunt here. (This takes you right to the PDF. No signup is required.)
A little background on how this book came about . . .
I met Susan P. Joyce, the mastermind behind Job-Hunt.org and a pioneering online job search expert, in 2007 at a career professionals’ roundtable. We instantly hit it off and I became Job-Hunt’s Personal Branding Expert, one of its very first Experts, soon after that.
Over the years, we’ve collaborated on a number of projects. For one, we saw the need to put the word out to job seekers about using the holidays to edge out their competitors in the job market.
Given the right tools to prepare for and execute the success strategies particular to a holiday job search, we knew they could make significant strides in landing the jobs they wanted.
From the beginning of my association with Susan and Job-Hunt, it was clear that her first priority with Job-Hunt is to keep it a safe place to fall for job seekers highly susceptible to scams and other schemes.
This ebook was conceived and created with the same care and consideration.
What is Job-Hunt.org?
Described by Reader’s Digest as “vacuum-packed with solid advice,” Job-Hunt.org offers thousands of pages of resources and information for job seekers trying to succeed in this tough job market, and trying to learn how to navigate through this new 21st Century technology.
More than 1,200 original articles by Job-Hunt’s Experts have been published on Job-Hunt.
Who Are the Job-Hunt Experts?
These people are genuine experts in their fields.
Each Expert writes articles in their area of expertise – columns on Job-Hunt that cover topics ranging from personal branding, personal SEO, using LinkedIn and other social media for job search to working with recruiters and having the best resume possible.
Job-Hunt Experts also cover “niche” topics like IT Job Search, Job Search for Introverts, Job Search for Veterans, and International Job Search.
Back in 2007, Susan asked me to be Job-Hunt’s Personal Branding Expert. Since then I’ve written dozens of articles for Job-Hunt about various aspects of personal branding and job search.
In 2018, she asked me to also take the reins as Job-Hunt’s Personal Branding with LinkedIn Expert.
Among the current and former Job-Hunt Experts, 27 contributed the 101+ tips for this book.
A Helpful Holiday Networking Tip from One Expert in the Ebook
Here’s a really helpful tip from Phyllis Mufson, Job-Hunt’s Boomer Job Search Expert:
Have your personal business cards ready for holiday networking.
They’re a handy aid for people you’re talking with to remember you, your skills, and the position you’re seeking. The simplest card will have your name and phone number, plus email and LinkedIn address. More effective will be to add the role you seek, for example: Child Welfare Social Work, and / or brief descriptions of a few of your strongest skills such as: advocacy, case management, volunteer supervision. You can easily make the cards on your computer using a package of the inexpensive snap-off cards available in office supply stores.
And One of the Tips I Contributed to the Ebook
Use holiday parties and performance reviews to build personal brand content.
As you network at holiday parties, pay attention to the way people introduce you to new people. The true measure of your personal brand comes from the people who know you best . . . those who work with you every day. What character traits, strengths and areas of expertise are commended on your annual performance reviews? Pay attention to (and write down) the words and phrases peers and management at work repeatedly use to describe you. Use these same recurring words in the content you develop to market yourself to your target employers – resume, other career documents, LinkedIn profile, personal website, etc.