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This might be the best time of year for a jobseeker

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: November 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

Think about it. Most individuals face holiday job hunting with an attitude that could best be called defeatist.

“Why bother getting my resume together during November and December? No one’s hiring now. It’s time to party. I’ll wait till January. All the good jobs will be posted then.”

– or –

“I’ve been at this for months. I’m tired of being ignored or rejected. I’ll have a good time, then get back on track after the New Year.”

Although it’s understandable that anyone would feel that way, it’s also ignoring opportunities.

Don’t Buy into the Myth that Companies Do Not Hire During the Holidays

Look at it this way – do companies stop hiring during the holidays because it’s party time? If they have a need for another staff member, do they put it off until the first of the year? Why would they do so and risk losing customers? Doesn’t make sense, does it?

These next weeks could be the best for a jobseeker, especially in a poor economy. During the rest of the year, candidates are scrambling to be noticed among countless other individuals with similar skills. However, at the end of the year, many individuals do believe that it’s best to wait until January to continue their job hunt. That thins the competition. It allows the dedicated candidate to move to the front of the line.

Opportunity is always there. It’s simply a matter of making the most of it.

Tips for Making Your Job Search a Success – at Any Time of Year

First, you have to have the correct tool and that would be an outstanding resume, one that’s accomplishment focused, rather than one that focuses solely on tasks. If you’re a customer service rep, for example, and you simply list your daily duties, you’re not going to stand out. However, if you resolved 98% of client complaints in the company’s favor, thus saving your employer hundreds or thousands of dollars, you’re the kind of employee hiring managers seek.

Next, you need to be focused. Don’t make the mistake of applying for every position, especially if you’re not qualified. It’s a waste of your time and the hiring manager’s. Target your search. You wouldn’t hop in your car and start driving, hoping to get from San Francisco to New York without a map. The same holds true for your career. You need a path to success. Do the leg work on what you want to do and where your skills lie before applying.

Prep for the interview. It’s not enough to show up all spit-and-polished without a clue as to what you’re going to say or how you’ll respond to pointed questions. If you want a job, you can’t wing the interview. You need to know what to expect.

Keep trying. There is no bad time of year to look for a job. Every day affords a new chance to get what you want. Let others wait until January, while you continue to work toward your goal.

 

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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