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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.

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October 11, 2012

As the old saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.”  This advice may not be as helpful as you think. Recently, Monster.com came out with an interesting survey of close to 1,000 people questioning whether they are on the correct career path.  The results were startling, “only 12% of respondents answered that they feel they are on the career path they want to stay on for the rest of their careers.”  What is more important is that 78% of respondents chose, “No, I need to make a change.”  Of of 944 respondents, that means 736 are dissatisfied with their current career path. Pretty huge.

This got me thinking about the 78% who are not in the right job. What then?  I suggest it is time to take stock and begin conducting a job search. Here are a couple of resources to check out to kick start the process: 5 goals to improve your job search — this useful blog post from The WiseJobSearch.com which offers some easy to manage, logical steps to take to get your job search started.

I also found this post on 50 Job Search Tips from Recruiters complied by Jason Buss. I like that he categorized the tips (e.g., personal brand, research and prep, resume) making it easier to hone in on the areas you most need help or advice. This is a very handy list and it provides good insight from the folks who tend to do the hiring.

If you feel you have not yet found your true career path don’t panic, you are not alone!

June 22, 2011

On this the official first day of summer I am dedicating my entry to
the theme of play.  As the saying goes, all work and no play makes
Jack a dull boy or Jane a dull girl. Job searching/Career management is not known for being fun. In fact I would go so far as to say most people actually put it off or may I say maybe even dread it.

So, I encourage you to take periodic breaks from the task at
hand and embrace the spirit of play that is supposed to accompany
summer.

I find when you open yourself up to new and different activities from your usual routine if often spawns new ideas, contacts, or inspiration.  So hit the beach, attend a county fair, see a summer matinee of a new genre, eat an ice cream cone of a different flavor, run through the sprinklers barefoot while the soccer field is being watered, or pet a dog at the park and strike up a chat with fido’s owner and see what happens. You just might find some work inspiration in the most unexpected places.

The new year is upon us! Traditionally, it’s a time to take stock of your life which usually includes your current job. Perhaps it’s time to consider taking on a new career challenge.  In your desire to seek greener pastures, remember the saying, “buyer beware.” While the prospect of jumping to a new position may be appealing, I would just caution folks to complete your Due Diligence. The economic climate is still relatively chilly, so if you leave your job for another opportunity without doing your homework and find yourself unhappy, you could be in for a tough time.

Don’t be left out in the cold. I suggest you read Donna Svei’s comprehensive blogpost on Avid Careerist about job search due diligence, 10 Due Diligence Steps to Take Before You Say Yes to a Job Offer, and leave your old job certain that you are making a change for the better!

Many people figure organizations won’t hire between Thanksgiving and mid January. One thing to keep in mind is that many nonprofit organizations receive the bulk of their fundraising dollars during the final quarter of the year (actually, mostly in December through year-end contributions). So, many nonprofits might be well situated to hire new staff should their fundraising go exceptionally well (of course easier said than done during a recessionary year). As you consider your job search strategy for year-end, I encourage you to read, 5  Job Search Tips for the Holiday Season, from Vault.