Beat the Stress of Holiday Season Job hunting
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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2006
Across North America, job hunters are making the career-limiting mistake of putting their job searches on hold during the holiday season. According to job search expert Dr. Carla-Krystin Andrade, "The holidays can be one of the best times to try to land the job of your dreams.
"It's a myth that the job market shuts down between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Companies continue to hire over the holiday season for several reasons, such as using the remaining funds in their hiring budgets and filling openings created by people who leave before the holidays. In addition, there is less competition for these positions because fewer people actively look for work during the holiday season."
Based on 20 years of experience coaching job hunters, Dr. Andrade, the author of Kick Start Your Job Search, Now! How to Outperform Your Competition and Win the Job You Want, gives 5 little-known secrets for keeping your job search in high gear and winning the opportunities that other job hunters miss over the holiday season.
1. Network, network, network.
People communicate more during the holidays and they can spread the word about your job search. Since many job leads come from informal contacts, let people know that you are looking for a job. Use holiday greeting cards to reconnect with previous contacts, and network at holiday season events to make new ones.
2. Treat Job hunting as Your Job.
Don't be paralyzed by the holiday blues and the stress of job hunting. Get to work on your job search. Set a basic daily schedule and goals for your holiday season job search and stick to them.
3. Get out of the House.
Force yourself to go out, even if you don't think that you're in the mood for holiday social events. Social isolation is a common problem for job hunters that can lead to depression and low morale.
4. Take a Seasonal or Volunteer Job.
Get back into the workforce with a seasonal job. A seasonal or volunteer job can fill gaps in your resume, strengthen your confidence, and broaden your range of contacts for future jobs. If the timing is right, you may be able to negotiate a seasonal job into ongoing work.
5. Have Someone on Your Side.
Be sure to have at least one person to talk to during the holidays. Seek out people whom you know will be accepting and positive. Avoid the people that bring you down with their criticism and negativity. Look beyond your friends, since counselors and support lines can also be a source of support.
To support job hunters during this holiday season, Dr. Andrade is offering two pro-bono teleseminars "Beat the Stress of Holiday Season Job hunting" in December. Call 650-557-9355 to register. Open to the first 50 callers.
About Dr. Carla-Krystin Andrade
Dr Andrade is a sought-after international speaker who has helped people in North and South America, Europe, and Asia achieve their goals and change their lives through her presentations and books. She expertly distills over 20 years of clinical and consulting experience into her six books, including Kick Start Your Job Search, Now! How to Outperform Your Competition and Win the Job You Want She has appeared on several radio and television shows, such as WJBC, WPRO, Bloomberg Radio, WCIN, CBC TV, and City TV.
Monique Carter, Stress Free Zone.
650-303-3079 or 650-557-9355