Holiday Job Hunting: No Better Time Than Now, Really

holiday job hunting tipsBy John Sumser

Ask around. Most of the incumbent career coaches are going to tell you that job hunting gets tough in December. They say that decisions don't get made, recruiters are slacking off, budgets are slamming shut and interviewers are glazing over. The 'end of the year slump' is like most of the other down times in the hiring cycle.

It's an illusion. Believe it and you'll relax your efforts. That's the very stuff of which self-fulfilling prophesies are made.

It's an illusion. Refuse to believe it and you'll discover a world of decision makers with a little bit of time on their hands. There are openings if you'll just take advantage of them.

Great executives lead by example. That means that the exact kind of people you'd love to work with are in their offices on days like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Most of the people in their organizations are working at half speed so they are alone in the office with time on their hands. They're busy setting examples and have no scheduled meetings.

There is no better time to get your story in front of them.

As always, the only trick to a successful job hunt is knowing what you want. As you reach out to the leaders you hope to work for, keep the following things in mind.

  • Keep your message short and clear. Practice describing your goal until you can say it in under a minute. When you get your next boss on the phone, you need to be flawless.

  • Find their phone number in advance. Use LinkedIn to identify the people you want to talk to. They are the managers of the groups you hope to work in. Find their phone numbers by calling into the company and asking for them by name (preferably after hours).

  • Send your resume, on paper, in advance. Address it to the attention of the person you are going to call.

  • Begin your call with a solid value opener. "I know you are working on X and I am in a position to really help". You'll know what X is by looking at their LinkedIn profile.

  • Tell them what you want to do. 60 seconds. Max.

  • Offer a money back guarantee. "Let me come into the office. I'll work for a week. Then, let's talk about whether or not you want to hire me. If you don't, I won't charge you."

  • Be persistent.

The holiday season can be the perfect time to look for work. They're not so busy, you're not so busy.

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dodie1990 IS CORRECT TO A POINT, Everyone seems to be missing the fact that you are AMERICANS and can work where you want, when you want. You just have to understand the basics of business.

You are a value. You are not worthless. There are desperate people who will accept the life of a HUMAN RESOURCE. A Human resource is hired because the people who previously had your job burned out working his/her workload and their own workload after a co-worker was downsized. If you do not like to work on demand either very short hours or very long hours as required, or give back benefits and accept pay cuts because the employer can get away with it, you can be replaced.

You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. What do people want? What do you want? You want to trust the person/company you do business with. You do not want to be cheated and you do not want to be abused. If you offer that value, no matter what item or service you offer customers will be loyal. They will talk about you (free positive word of mouth). Others will want your cheerful service that they can trust after you build loyalty.

Please do not tell me what I suggested is last century, years gone by, old fashion thinking if you do not wish to be cheated and abused and you want to trust the people you buy merchandise and service from. Albert Einstein said you can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. You should find a level of thinking that is logical.

If you do the same thing looking for different results you will be disappointed. If you serve ENOUGH OTHER PEOPLE cheerfully and honestly you will NOT have to look for one employer to screw you over. PEOPLE WILL LOOK FOR YOU because you are rare and in demand. How do I know? I started my first business when I was 14 years old. I had two other businesses both successful. For over 50 years people look to me to help them.

You are probably thinking, "What is he selling and how much will it cost?" I do not charge for talking to people, talk is cheap, it fact it is free. I do it because I am paying forward for the help I got since I was 14 years old. You can not be successful by yourself, You need to read books and listen to the experiences of others. Now that I am retired I continue to help people. If I ask for money delete the e-mail.

When you practice the principle, "You can have everything you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want IF YOU DO IT CHEERFULLY AND WITH INTEGRITY, you will never go to bed thinking, "Who hates me and wishes I were dead."

If you want to be some employer's HUMAN RESOURCE with common value subject to termination you will not be happy. Do not sell your value to one person. Develop your value and offer it to many people. If you offer it with principle people will look to you to service them. may offer the logic and suggestion you are looking for..Dave Mayo

January 01 2012 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Opportunities abound, maybe not where you might like them though. Dumped in '88 from a middle management job. Doing OK in real estate until thr recession of '91. Ended up driving a truck. Made rather good and in a few years veryr good money.

December 21 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

what a joke

December 21 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Part-time,minimum wage, no benefit, no future, no union protection, no unemployment, no retirement, no vacation Wal-Mart type jobs may be the new "normal' but you will never be allowed to stay long enough to have a "career" because then there may be some benefits, so keep moving to the next crap job. Your employer hates his employees and now with so many desperate employees, will treat everyone as poorly as he/she can, because some other poor sucker will take their crap if you won't.

December 20 2011 at 10:34 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

You never, ever work for free...never!

December 20 2011 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is this the "new normal" for America ??? Get a part-time, temporary, low-paying job around Christmas ....only to be let go and left out in the cold for another year ???? Pretty freaking sad, for the wealthiest country on Earth !!!!!

December 20 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

blah blah blah. Won't help a bit if there aren't any available positions to begin with!

December 20 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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Send this article to the OCCUPY folks. I'm sure they interrupted their torid job searches for their December OCCUPY activities.

December 20 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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