Three Tips for a Merry Successful Holiday Job Search from Washington DC-based The Career Strategy Group

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Laura M. Labovich, President of The Career Strategy Group, shares why this is the perfect time of year to gain momentum in your job search campaign.

100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job

This book covers communication strategies for networking, cold calling, and conducting informational interviews and much more. It's the perfect complement to a holiday job search.

Many job seekers are convinced that December is a good time to take a break from an active job search, but all signs say otherwise! This year don't wrap up this year's job search, along with that new pair of slippers, in anticipation of the approaching holiday season. According to Laura M. Labovich, Founder and President of The Career Strategy Group in Bethesda, MD, "contrary to popular belief, shelving a job search in advance of the approaching holiday season is simply not a good New Year's resolution."

This is, in fact, the perfect time for job search networking for three reasons:

  • The holiday spirit inspires people to want to help others get what they need, too.
  • Work slows down at a lot of companies, leaving time for long coffees, lunches and informational interviews with you!
  • Hiring does NOT stop; statistics show that hiring happens right through December, with January known as the "golden time of recruiting."

Here are three tips to help job seekers gain momentum during the holiday season (and all year round):

1. Party with a professional purpose. There are more parties in December than during any other time of year, which means more opportunities to network. It is acceptable to discuss job search related topics but, remember: friends, family members, and business acquaintances are more inclined to help if it is mutually beneficial. So, before heading out, give some thought to a few ways to help others, thus making the conversation reciprocal.

2. Create a Follow-Up "Hook." When networking, take copious mental notes about the conversations had with people at holiday parties. (And, upon returning home, get those thoughts down on paper.) What's important to remember? Things like topics you discussed, common interests, or any promise you made to get something to them, or advice you offered, are all good fodder for future conversations. These 'hooks' will make future follow-up that much easier!

3. Volunteer. Not only will volunteering infuse the "spirit" of the season into a mundane, perhaps frustrating, search; it can look mighty good on a resume too. Be strategic; whenever possible, job seekers should research companies and/or organizations that would be a "right-fit" were a position to open up in the future. While there, network, get to know the key players and become an insider. (Insiders get hired, after all.)

For professionals in every function and industry who find themselves in a job search this holiday season, Laura M. Labovich from The Career Strategy Group recommends the following terrific resource that will help put you in the driver seat.

100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job by Laura M. Labovich of The Career Strategy Group, and Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers. This book covers communication strategies for networking, cold calling, and conducting informational interviews and much more. This book arms job seekers with real-world, step-by-step examples of what to do and say to take advantage of new networking opportunities, and it's packed with practical advice and actual talking scripts to help prepare you for any conversation that will occur during a job search.

SPECIAL OFFER:

Job seekers who purchase the book in December and email a receipt to laura(at)thecareerstrategygroup will receive a special recorded Q & A call from the authors, Labovich and Salpeter, addressing questions on every job seeker's mind, from:

  • What’s LinkedIn’s endorsement feature all about, and why should I care?
  • How can I prepare to answer questions I don’t want to discuss in an interview?
  • I’m making a career change; is there an assessment tool I should use?

ABOUT:

Laura M. Labovich, MLRHR, is award-winning resume writer, Guild Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, and founder of The Career Strategy Group (http://www.thecareerstrategygroup.com) a full-service career consulting firm that arms high-achieving professionals with empowering job search solutions enabling them to attract more job offers, at higher rates of pay, in a shorter period of time. The Career Strategy Group offers job search strategy coaching, résumé and career marketing document development (bios, Linkedin profiles, executive summaries) social media training, and career development workshops for individuals and companies, in the Washington DC area, and throughout the U.S.

She is the co-author of 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job. More information is available at: http:http://www.100ConversationsforCareerSuccess.com or at http://www.thecareerstrategygroup.

AVAILABILITY:
Greater Washington DC area; nationwide by arrangement via telephone. Available for interviews in print, television and radio.

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