Job search during the holiday season can add an additional level of stress to an already stressful time of year. But there is an upside to interviewing during the holidays.
With over 20% of job seekers opting out of job searching due to the holidays a fifth of your competition just left the market, and an even larger percentage fail to update their resumes and profiles on the job search engines. So now is the time to capitalize on that advantage.
Here’s why job hunting during the holidays, is such a brilliant idea!!
Create complete job applications. Resist the urge to send a blind resume, employers seeking to hire are more likely to view resumes in an online format that they are accustomed to, the rest is for the delete button.
Please follow the job application instructions. To ignore directions tells the manager that you do not/will not follow directions – and you wonder why they have not called on your resume!
If you have created a job application more than three months ago, please go back in and update, better yet create a new resume or profile, you may have fallen to Resume 1005 – nobody reads that many!
Most job boards allow you to add up to three resumes/profiles. Every now and again, update to rise to the top.
Change or remove your objective or summary so your info looks new.
Take a good attitude and lots of business cards to holiday functions. Hint: do not hand out your resume at holiday functions, offer to email it the next day.
Still no hits or interviews after three weeks – thrash the whole thing. Create a new resume or profile. Do it yourself or invest in your career, have a professional resume writer design it for you.
Some of the best salary offers are made during this upbeat time of year – so hang in there!!.
JK Rowling, who came from a family where her imagination was seen as “an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension”, struggled considerably before becoming one of the world’s most successful authors: seven years after graduating, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and she was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.”
Here are 10 of our favorite quotes on “failure and imagination”, from JK Rowling :
There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.
I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates.
I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution
Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.
The power of imagination and empathy
We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.
Those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we colluded with it, through our own apathy
Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.’ That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing.As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
With an uptick in the new economy and people being added to the job force daily, you might be thinking about leaving your company.
Exiting a job and launching into another opportunity requires dealings with current and future co-workers. Like any good relationship, what you put into it is what your return will resemble.
So, as you approach a job change, consider how you would ideally exit your workplace. Keep in mind that how you leave a job is as importance, if not more so, than how you arrived at the new one.
Carefully plan your exit and make a transition that would bring a smile to your family and friends as well as your future employer.
There are several important dos and don’ts.
■ Do not leave on bad terms by depleting your sick leave or being uncooperative in wrapping up tasks and projects.
■ Do not treat anyone badly regardless of their behavior. Your reputation is important and this will reflect poorly on you.
■ Do not share negative comments or criticisms of your boss, colleagues or company even if asked.
■ Be sure to schedule an exit interview.
■ Be positive during the exit interview. It goes a long way and is the right thing to do. Give honest and constructive feedback.
■ Update your co-workers and supervisor on the status of your portion of the projects you’ve been working on.
■ Provide adequate notice to your company and leave in good standing. You do not want to close a door that you may want to return to and open again. Adequate notice is typically two weeks, but some professions will ask for a month’s notice.
■ Save some money and do some budgeting because the time from leaving a job with your last paycheck to starting a new job with your first paycheck will take time.
There are a lot of reasons to leave a company. According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn earlier this year, the number one reason workers left their jobs was because they wanted greater opportunities for advancement.
Most interesting is that seeking a better supervisor didn’t make the top five on the LinkedIn survey, but it is often cited as a reason during the job search.
While everyone will not agree with this suggestion, I believe that you should seek to leave on good terms with your supervisor. Even if your supervisor is the reason for your departure.
I think how you handle this relationship reflects upon you and your professional maturity. Talking with your boss about your job search will help eliminate rumors.
These suggestions will help you land safely into a new job.
Life is easy when everything is rosy and going well, but a true test of your character is transitioning from one job to another — whether the move is voluntary or forced.
I believe it was Shakespeare who wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances…”
A person is remembered for his or her entrances and exits.
Article written by: Lenroy Jones | The Career Dude is a resource available to provide you with career information that will lead to your employment and/or advancement in your job!|
About the author: Lenroy Jones, has a masters degree from Michigan State University, has dedicated nearly 20 years to coaching and supporting career seekers to pursue their passion and purpose.
Just because they haven’t replied to your texts doesn’t mean they’re ignoring you
We live, according to the cliche, in an age of “instant communication”. Only we don’t. The truth is the sense that everyone could get back to you immediately, if they wanted to – and the anxiety that follows when they don’t. Emails, and increasingly texts and DMs, too, wait days or even weeks for a response.
“The result,” as Julie Beck put it recently in the Atlantic, “is the sense that everyone could get back to you immediately, if they wanted to – and the anxiety that follows when they don’t.” In the old days, instant replies were either obligatory (as in face-to-face conversation) or impossible (as in snail mail). Now, though, we’ve hopelessly confused the two. So when no reply is forthcoming, we’ve no idea what to think.
This explains the peculiarly modern phenomenon of being involved, at any given time, in a half-dozen emotionally awkward situations that may in fact not exist beyond the confines of one’s own head. Right now, for example, I’m convinced a dear friend is angry or distressed that I still haven’t responded to his newsy pre-Christmas message; meanwhile, a professional contact who suggested lunch has gone silent since my enthusiastic reply, perhaps having realized she had confused me with someone more noteworthy and being too embarrassed to admit it.
‘Yet of course I have zero evidence for either belief: I suspect my friend hasn’t given the matter any thought, while the contact is furiously busy and will eventually reply. There’s a special, lonely kind of craziness in experiencing ongoing tensions with people who almost certainly aren’t experiencing them back.
Yet this anxiety, Beck notes, is the price we’re willing to pay for the sense of control we get from not feeling obliged to reply immediately: “What the age of instant communication has enabled is the ability to deal with conversation on our own terms.” If more and more people consider phone calls a form of ambush – because (oh God!) you have to respond there and then – perhaps that’s because, in other domains, a sense of control is so hard to come by these days.
If there’s no reason to feel secure about your job, your tenancy agreement, your retirement or the future of the planet, at least you get to retreat inside your mind and decide exactly who gets to intrude, and when you’ll engage, if at all.
The problem is that the disadvantages of this kind of control can end up outweighing the benefits. A world in which we’re obliged to nobody is one in which nobody’s obliged to us. I may think I prefer being able to choose when I reply to that message from my friend.
But what happens in reality is that work gets in the way, my response is indefinitely delayed, and one more thread of our friendship is frayed. If he’d picked up the phone – and I’d answered, despite my annoyance at the intrusion – we’d have prevented that.
Plus I’d have been spared several weeks feeling guilty about offending him, even though I probably never did.