Or, maybe you have a job, but it’s time to find a new one? You think the holidays are not a good time to get started looking? I hope this series on job hunting during the holidays can change your mind! (Stay tuned for more advice on the subject!)
Turn this holiday season around and try to think of it as an opportunity to jump start your job search if you have come to a rolling stop and to rev up your plans if you haven’t even begun, but know that the time is coming. (It’s here!)
Yes – you can conduct job search networking over turkey, stuffing and pie or champagne and cookies! Any time that you have a chance to meet new people and expand your circle, there’s a possibility that you will speak to someone who can significantly alter your job search’s course.
Do not waste this time of the year. This is actually the PERFECT time to job hunt, and there are a lot of reasons why. (Many of which I will detail in this series.)
For starters, it is unlikely that you will be very successful with your job hunt unless you network well. Networking is a huge topic, and I have tons to say on the subject, but letâ€™s start here:
If youâ€™re going to a party or holiday get-together, you will probably have an opportunity to meet some new people.
How can you introduce yourself with an eye toward seeing if there is a potential career link with your new acquaintance? Â Ask someone if they have special plans for the holidaysâ€¦Strike up some conversations that have NOTHING to do with your job search.
You never know where youâ€™ll meet the professional connection that will link you to a new opportunity.
Bring your A-game to the party. First up – decide what to say when asked what you do. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: If you sound like Debbie Downer or Tired Tom, it’s unlikely anyone will want to spend much time chatting, let alone become a possible resource for you.
You need to bring your pitch – call it your elevator pitch, your escalator pitch – your “twit pitch” – whatever you call it, you need to have it. Follow THIS LINK for tips on how to create a proactive introduction that helps people recognize who you are and what you offer.
I highly recommend that job seekers take a look at Katharine Hansenâ€™s book, Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career. Read my review HERE. I don’t know of another resource that outlines the importance of being able to tell your story as it relates to your job hunt. Because, let’s face it – you need to know (and be able to share) your own story.
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Stay tuned for more information and resources. Please share your stories and ideas about job search during the holidays in the comments.
I can help with every part of your job hunt! Need a great resume? Tips to use social networking? Interview coaching? If you need help mobilizing your networks and your job search plans, learn more about how I can help you! While youâ€™re at it, donâ€™t forget those social networks! Be sure to become a fan of Keppie Careers on Facebookâ€¦Iâ€™d be thrilled to have you as part of the community! Since weâ€™re on the subject of doing something newâ€¦Are you on Twitter? Jump on and touch base with me @keppie_careers.
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