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Three Tips for a Merry Successful Holiday Job Search

By Laura Labovich

Many job seekers are convinced that December is a good time to take a break from an active job search, but all signs say otherwise! This year don’t wrap up this year’s job search, along with that new pair of slippers, in anticipation of the approaching holiday season. According to Laura M. Labovich, Founder and President of The Career Strategy Group in Bethesda, MD, “contrary to popular belief, shelving a job search in advance of the approaching holiday season is simply not a good New Year’s resolution.”

This is, in fact, the perfect time for job search networking for three reasons:

  • The holiday spirit inspires people to want to help others get what they need, too.
  • Work slows down at a lot of companies, leaving time for long coffees, lunches and informational interviews with you!
  • Hiring does NOT stop; statistics show that hiring happens right through December, with January known as the “golden time of recruiting.”

Here are three tips to help job seekers gain momentum during the holiday season (and all year round):

1. Party with a professional purpose. There are more parties in December than during any other time of year, which means more opportunities to network. It is acceptable to discuss job search related topics but, remember: friends, family members, and business acquaintances are more inclined to help if it is mutually beneficial. So, before heading out, give some thought to a few ways to help others, thus making the conversation reciprocal.

2. Create a Follow-Up “Hook.” When networking, take copious mental notes about the conversations had with people at holiday parties. (And, upon returning home, get those thoughts down on paper.) What’s important to remember? Things like topics you discussed, common interests, or any promise you made to get something to them, or advice you offered, are all good fodder for future conversations. These ‘hooks’ will make future follow-up that much easier!

3. Volunteer. Not only will volunteering infuse the “spirit” of the season into a mundane, perhaps frustrating, search; it can look mighty good on a resume too. Be strategic; whenever possible, job seekers should research companies and/or organizations that would be a “right-fit” were a position to open up in the future. While there, network, get to know the key players and become an insider. (Insiders get hired, after all.)

For professionals in every function and industry who find themselves in a job search this holiday season, Laura M. Labovich from The Career Strategy Group recommends the following terrific resource that will help put you in the driver seat.

100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job by Laura M. Labovich of The Career Strategy Group, and Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers. This book covers communication strategies for networking, cold calling, and conducting informational interviews and much more. This book arms job seekers with real-world, step-by-step examples of what to do and say to take advantage of new networking opportunities, and it’s packed with practical advice and actual talking scripts to help prepare you for any conversation that will occur during a job search.

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(This content was previously posted. Used by permission of the author)

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LAURA M. LABOVICH, MLRHR, CMRW, CPBS, JCTC, Guild Certified Five O’Clock Club Coach. National job search expert and best-selling author with a proven methodology for helping job seekers get unstuck & land a job faster! EXPERTISE: Career Management/Job Search for individuals with focused career goals. Find out more about Laura, including contact information, by clicking this link. 

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