Career Coach Hallie Crawford Offers Job Seekers Holiday Season Advice: Don’t Stop

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Many job seekers assume that the holidays are a difficult time to search for a permanent position, with vacations, holiday parties and seasonal hiring consuming Human Resource departments’ time. According to Certified Career Coach Hallie Crawford, founder of Create Your Career Path, November and December present excellent opportunities for job seekers, from valuable networking to snagging hard-to-land interviews.

“For those with determination and talent, the entire year is a good time to look for a job,” Crawford concludes. “During the holidays, your star qualities might get you noticed more easily than usual.”

Many job seekers assume that the holidays are a difficult time to search for a permanent position, with vacations, holiday parties and seasonal hiring consuming Human Resource departments’ time. According to Certified Career Coach Hallie Crawford, founder of Create Your Career Path, November and December present excellent opportunities for job seekers, from valuable networking to snagging hard-to-land interviews.

“Companies with openings don’t necessarily quit interviewing during the holiday season,” says Crawford. “In fact, some are driven to hire before the first of the year because they have leftover budget for a department that can be expended on training, hiring bonuses and other perks.”
Job seekers who mistakenly assume companies aren’t interviewing late in the year often give up for the period, which lessens the total pool of applicants, Crawford notes. That makes it easier for diligent candidates to stand out in the crowd.

In addition, holidays present a once-yearly chance for job seekers to network nearly continuously with friends, old co-workers and extended family who might know of current or yet-to-be-posted job openings.

Crawford offers the following tips to for holiday job seekers:

  •     Don’t postpone follow-up calls or resume submission because you assume communication will be difficult during the holidays. With the lighter volume of calls, it might be your chance to garner more notice.
  •     Network with all your contacts and keep an eye out for holiday networking events—not only parties to which you might snag an invite, but also open houses for business associations and other professional associations

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  •     If you attend any parties, bring copies of your resume (and business cards if you have them), dress conservatively, and stay away from the spiked holiday punch to ensure making the best possible impression on everyone.
  •     Driven executives often work longer hours on Christmas Eve and between Christmas and New Years’ than their secretaries and assistants. Call those “hard to penetrate” firms during this period with your two-minute pitch at ready. You might just reach a decision maker.
  •     If you hear about a plumb new position for which the hiring process will begin in the New Year, don’t wait until January 1 to gear up. Update your resume if necessary and submit it in advance with a note that you heard about the position and you’ll call back on the first business day of 2013. Your initiative might put your resume at the top of the stack.

“For those with determination and talent, the entire year is a good time to look for a job,” Crawford concludes. “During the holidays, your star qualities might get you noticed more easily than usual.”

About Create Your Career Path
Since 2002, Create Your Career Path and its team of certified career coaches have helped job searchers nationwide identify their ideal career path, navigate their career transition and achieve their career goals. New college grads through mid-career professionals have used our career coaches to find their dream job. Create Your Career Path was founded by certified career coach, speaker and author Hallie Crawford. Crawford has served on the Board of the Georgia Coach Association, and is regularly featured as a career expert on CNN, Fox Business News, the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo HotJobs and Entrepreneur Magazine.

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