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December 6, 2012

It may seem that the holiday season is not an ideal time to be looking for work — people are distracted with family vacations or preoccupied with holiday parties while winter weather can wreak havoc with the best laid plans… However, I encourage you to think otherwise. People also tend to be open minded and festive at the many parties and holiday gatherings this time of year. The spirit of giving back is in the air. It is the perfect time to make new contacts and sell yourself in a non-threatening way.  

Seeking more encouragement to job search over the holidays?  

Check out these articles:  

The first is by Mary Eileen Williams from Huffington Post, “Holiday Job Search: 4 Reasons to Make Merry and Land Your Next Job.” 

Another timely and informative piece is this post from Dr. John Sullivan entitled, “Tis the Season for Recruiting — 20 Reasons Why December is a Powerful Recruiting Month.”

While you get gussied up for those holiday parties, be sure to brush up on your people skills. Here are my picks of three useful articles to read before you step out and make merry: 

Networking Skills ~ How to Power Up Your Networking Skills [Top 10 Tips] by Mary Hope

Communication Skills ~ Five Tips To Be A Better Communicator by Paul Morin

Listening Skills ~ The Discipline of Listening by Ram Charan

Wishing you a very happy and productive holiday season.