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Are the holidays putting the brakes on your job search?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: November 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

Don’t make the mistake of many job seekers by thinking it’s impractical to look for a job during the holidays. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is no bad time to make your next career move.

The wheels of commerce don’t grind to a halt in November and December. Job recruitment in healthcare, IT and many other industries is a constant.

Rather than taking it easy and thinking you’ll get back to your job search in January, consider this: A great deal of job seekers will be doing the same, thereby lessening your competition. While they cool their heels for January, you’ll be sprucing up your resume, honing your job interview skills and applying.

Wouldn’t one of the best holiday gifts be a new job?

Be prepared. Be proactive.

Don’t wait and don’t kid yourself that it’s all right to delay the inevitable. Take charge today.

1. Review your resume and if it’s not up to par, have a professional work on it for you.

2. Sharpen your interview skills. Again, if you’re unable to do so yourself, engage professional services.

3. Apply, apply, apply. If you do so now, you may not have to wait until January to begin your new career.

4. Don’t fall for the herd mentality. The only word of wisdom you should be following is to make looking for a job your only job.

Those who keep at it will be the ones invited to interview. This holiday season, make certain it’s you.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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