Posts tagged #career coach

How the Holiday Season Affects your Job Search

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Finding a job is tough no matter the time of year. Job applications, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, networking, interviews - there is so much to consider and work on while finding the right fit for your career aspirations. It’s overwhelming!

When the holidays roll around, you can’t put your job search on hold just because you want to enjoy the season. You need a job! To minimize the stress, here are a few things to keep in mind as you press onward towards securing a position:

  • Employer response times will be slow - Many people take time off around the holidays. In fact, some companies close their office for the entire week between Christmas and New Year. Expect to wait two to three weeks to receive a response during this time of year...maybe even longer.

  • Adjust your follow-up strategy - If you find the perfect job opening between Thanksgiving and Christmas, add an extra follow up to your typical routine. While people are away from the office or buried in end-of-year project wrap-ups, your application or follow-ups can get lost in email. Don’t barrage them with daily check ins, but one extra follow up will be a good reminder if you haven’t heard anything.

  • Get creative with networking -  This is a popular time for companies to give back to the community, so do your research and see if you can help! For example, around Thanksgiving many corporate teams will coordinate a work day to volunteer at a local food bank. If you use your networking skills to learn of events like that, you may be able to volunteer with them, or get on the volunteer schedule at the same time. You’ll be able to introduce yourself to people at the company and demonstrate your work ethic on site.

  • Take advantage of temporary openings - Seasonal job openings are in abundance during the holidays, so take advantage of opportunities. While these openings may not be the perfect job you’re looking for, they will provide income for you during your transition and can be good resume fillers for any gap you may have in employment.

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Posted on November 15, 2017 and filed under Search Strategy.

Why You Can’t Just “Wing” The Job Search

There are some things in life that are best, or at least acceptable, when you “wing” it: where to go to lunch, what flavor ice cream to choose, your vacation agenda, chore schedule, and even grocery shopping. Your job search, however, should never be on this list!

If you are just trying to get a summer job in between classes or looking for a side job for extra cash, “winging” it might be acceptable. (I’d argue that even those seemingly menial positions should be on your resume to show your experience/skills/work ethic and therefore should be planned.) Chances are, however, the people that fit into that category aren’t reading this blog. YOU are looking for a stable, fulfilling career path. And that means you need to prepare, plan, and make conscious decisions about what you are looking for in a position. Here’s why:

  • If you don’t prepare for the type of job you want, you’ll end up with a job you don’t like. The chances of just falling into the perfect job for you is very slim. Ask yourself these questions to help guide your search:
     
    • What will I enjoy doing on a daily basis, long-term?
    • What are my strengths and skills? 
    • How can I obtain the skills and strengths I currently lack to secure the type of career I’d love?
       
  • It will be obvious to hiring managers if you aren’t focused and prepared. A vague and unfocused resume will not grab the attention of a hiring manager. And even if your resume manages to land you an interview, it will be very obvious that you aren’t the passionate candidate that was just interviewed an hour before you.
     
  • Without properly planning to find the right job/career fit, you’ll be on the job search again in no time. Either your manager will recognize that you aren’t the right fit, or you will. Searching for jobs is not easy and takes up a lot of time. Do it right and you’ll do it once.

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Posted on September 7, 2016 .