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Job Seeker Holiday Tips! 3 Gifts to Give Yourself

Job Seeker Holiday Tips!Welcome to this week's career blog post. My hope is to give the Job Seeker Holiday Tips! Tools to help each of you through the holiday season with encouragement.The holiday season is a joyous time for so many friends and family members around the globe. However, for the many job seekers and their families, the holiday season is bittersweet, a sad time. Today I am writing to all, including those folks in the grieving process after losing a job or the loss of loved one or maybe you were caught in the floods or fire and lost your home.   If you are interested in having career blogs sent directly to your email box, I welcome you to sign up for your FREE job tips on my website JustResumesUSA.com.

 

Below are Beautiful Job Seeker Holiday Tips! These Tips are Both Simple and Powerful!

The 3 gifts the job seeker and everyone around the globe can give to yourself through the holidays:

  1. Identify the things that cause you stress and the things that cause you joy.
  2. Write 5 things you enjoy doing.
  3. Write 10 things you are grateful for in your life.

 

Tip #1: Job Seeker Holiday Tips!

 

 Identify the things that cause you stress and the things that cause you joy.

Keep a journal in 2 columns as you identify what causes you stress and joy. One column is titled “Stress.” The second column is titled “Joy.” Look at the list of what causes you stress to see if you can eliminate any or all of these stresses so you can focus on what causes you joy.

 

Tip #2 Job Seeker Holiday Tips!

 

Write 5 things you enjoy. After writing 5 things you enjoy, commit to doing at least 2 of them by a certain date

 

Tip #3 Job Seeker Holiday Tips!
 

Write 10 things you are grateful for in your life. For example, you could be grateful being a part of the dream team when you were working at your last job. Or the time spent with a loved one before they passed. Establish an attitude of gratitude by keeping a journal of 10 things you are grateful for.  Do this daily to get into the habit of focusing on the positive aspects of your life.

 

It’s is helpful to understand something that I learned and have experienced after I was downsized from my dream job several years ago. Job Seeker Holiday Tips!And, more recently experienced the biggest losses in my life when my mom and my child both passed last summer. Here it is… "Whatever is in your thoughts is what you will bring into your life. The universe or whatever your faith is, ALWAYS says “Yes” to what you want by the thoughts you are thinking."

 

I encourage you to follow these Job Seeker Holiday tips! Write comments and share your stories to help our readers. Remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Stay tuned…

 

Kim Marino is nationally published author of 6 resume career books and Founder of JustResumesUSA.com and CareerCoachKim.com. As a 30-year veteran of the Outplacement Industry, her expertise is noted for writing professional resumes and coaching motivated professionals prepare for the interview, job searching, social networking, network building and salary negotiating.  She speaks as a subject matter expert on national television and featured on individual and 26-city radio author tours nationwide.  Kim Marino helps her clients realize their full potential with vision, passion and purpose.

More Holiday Myth Busters! The Truth about your Holiday Job Search

Holiday Job SeaechHere we are folks, entering the Holiday Job Search season in 2013. Can you believe how time flies by so fast. This week I’m writing about one of my favorite holiday myth busters, Holiday Job Search success story and many job search tips . I will continue to write holiday tips and success stories throughout November and December. So, remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Below are important questions and answers you need to consider for your Holiday Job Search.

 

1. True or False? “No one hires in December and why?”

  • Are you thinking, "No Holiday Job Search for me, no way, no how, waste of time. No one hires this time of year." Think again! This is False! Studies show the following response to advertising …

Holiday Job Search reduces your competition by 75%.

  • This means the employers working through the holidays will suddenly be available and will be happy to have time to engage with you. Many great companies have a “Use it or lose it budget.”

  • And, if the company has a need and you’re the right fit, consider this …

During the Holiday Job Search, managers can write you into their budget right away.

2. Will you share with us your best networking TIPS for the holiday season?

  • This is a great question. Have your networking business cards available at a moment’s notice. Remember, you’ll be seeing many family members and friends you may only see once a year. With Holiday Job Search networking, it’s not who you know, it’s who they know that is most likely where you’ll land a job or the gain the contact that will lead you to a great job.
  • Bring your networking cards to holiday parties in order to follow up, contact and/or meet for coffee or lunch after the first of the year. Many companies invite their customers and vendors to holiday parties.
  • Drop a networking card in your Christmas or Hanukkah card with a note expressing companies of interest to you.
  • Volunteer for a worthy cause or children’s group. This is a great time and place to connect with people through the holidays. Holiday Job Search

3. Please share one of your favorite networking stories you’ve experienced with your own clients. I have many client success stories of Holiday Job Search and landing jobs through the holiday season. Here’s one of my favorite…

  • This is the story of a Kevin going through a career change. Kevin lived in a small town in the Midwest. He was in high-end retail sales management for many years. He discovered his passion was helping people in health care after taking care of his grandfather at his home.

When I met Kevin, he had just completed a 6-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. So I wrote Kevin a professional resume focused on his internship and training as a CNA. He told me about a holiday party coming up the following weekend. We discussed bringing networking cards focused on his new career and the Holiday Job Search. At the party, he met an old high school buddy he hadn’t seen in years who was now the Human Resources Director at the local hospital. Kevin was excited. He brought his new resume to the interview the following Monday and got hired as a CNA at the local hospital. He was so happy as he told me he was starting his new career the following week. This all happened in less than 2-weeks. Timing is everything and the Holiday Job Search is the right time for you too.

I want to encourage you to follow these tips, write comments and share your stories to help our readers. Again I will continue to write Holiday Job Search tips throughout November and December. So, remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Stay tuned…

 

Kim Marino is nationally published author of 6 career books and Founder of JustResumesUSA.com and CareerCoachKim.com. As a 30-year veteran of the Outplacement Industry, her expertise is noted for writing professional resumes and coaching motivated professionals prepare for the interview, job searching, social media networking, network building and salary negotiating.  She speaks as a subject matter expert on national television and featured on individual and 26-city radio author tours nationwide.  Kim Marino helps her clients realize their full potential with vision, passion and purpose.

 

Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

Holiday Job Search and NetworkingThe holiday season is approaching. Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas are just around the corner.  If you think it's time to slow down your job search, think again!

Why? There are two big reasons why you should be prepared for the Holiday Job Search and Networking. The first reason is because most job seekers are taking a break from Holiday Job Search and Networking and there is a lot less competition. The second reason is most companies are hiring through the holidays to ramp up for the first of the year. I have had many clients land interviews and receive job offers in November and December. Holiday Job Search and Networking is a great time for you to connect at party’s and gatherings with friends and family members. 

In this week's blog, I will share with you great tips on how to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking. I will also share with you a couple of great client success stories.

Below are Great Tips for Your Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

Tip#1. Prepare Networking business cards and bring them with you to hand out at the Holiday parties and gatherings. For example, when you're Holiday Job Search and Networking as a sales manager, your networking business card may say “SALES MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL” with your contact information, i.e., phone number(s), email address and LinkedIn URL from your resume. I recommend going to Vistaprint.com. They print many business card styles for free. You only pay for shipping.

Tip#2. Have your 30 second commercial or elevator speech ready to connect to people through the holidays. For Holiday Job Search and Networking, your 30 second commercial will be something like this … “I’m exploring Sales Management job opportunities in the Denver market, however, I’m not just looking for a job, I’m networking, looking for contacts. Do you know anyone in the ABC industry or ABC company? May I use your name?" This way you can call and set up your own informational interviews where you may have a job created for you in the process.

During your Holiday Job Search and Networking, more people will be happy to give you contact names or  maybe even know of a job opening.

I remember working with Kevin. Kevin was in sales, however, he just completed a Nurses Aide Certification Program. We discussed Holiday Job Search and Networking. After going to a holiday party, Kevin called me to tell me he ran into an old high school friend who was now the Director of Human Resources at the local hospital in the small town where he lived.  He hadn't seen him for many years. He interviewed the following week and received a job offer.

Here’s another holiday success story with a client named Lori. She and her husband just relocated from San Francisco to Atlanta.  Lori was a Health Care Educator, by profession. We discussed the Holiday Job Search and Networking. Lori and her husband were soon invited to a holiday party. This is where she met the Director of Health Care Consulting Services for one of the big consulting firms. She had several interviews the following week and landed the job in a new profession as a Health Care Consultant.

If this can happen to Kevin and Lori, it can happen to you. Be mindful of Holiday Job Search and Networking. It's about being in the right place, at the right time. It's a great time for you to meet with people you may only see during the holidays. You’ll never know who you may run into during the holiday season.

 

I hope you found this information helpful and encourages you to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking.  If you're a job seeker with a holiday success story to share, please email your story to kim@justresumesusa.com.  I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

Are you the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world.  Or, maybe you are a job seeker or know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered yes to any one of these situations, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me through my website at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

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