En Route: A Career Blog

Holiday Job Shopping

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: December 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

When you’re unemployed, this time of year may be one of the hardest and not only because you’re afraid to spend money on presents…money that may be needed for your daily expenditures. During the holiday season, you may find yourself making excuses for not submitting your resume, for not networking, and for giving into momentary despair.

“I’ll start up fresh in January,” you tell yourself. “No one’s hiring at this time of the year anyway,” you reason.

There is No Bad Time to Look for a Job

Wise candidates avoid self-defeating behavior. Time doesn’t grind to a halt, and bills most certainly don’t, during this season.

If you want to get ahead, if you want to land that new position, you have to treat each day and every employment search as your new job. For eight or more hours daily, you should be submitting resumes, networking, reviewing your prospects, making your plans. It will put you way ahead of your competition.

A Job Search Doesn’t Take a Holiday

While they are succumbing to the Holiday Blues, you’ll be moving forward. With fewer competitors, you’ll stand out. With a ‘can-do’ attitude, you’ll be noticed.

And what better way to begin 2011 than with the prospect of a new position, a chance to succeed again, the opportunity to be gainfully employed.