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Why are the Holidays a Great Time to Search for Work? Jacquie Ottema, Employment Facilitator, Newmarket Employment Resource Centre, Dec 13,2007

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Jacquie Ottema is an Employment Facilitator at the Newmarket Employment Resource Centre.
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Ever been told or assume that November and December are bad times to look for work? Well I am here to confirm to you that this timeframe can be very lucrative and successful.

Allow me to give you some reasons:


  • More than 80% of job seekers stop searching for work -- competition is greatly reduced!


  • Many professionals quit this time of year, creating openings


  • Companies tie up loose ends before the new year


  • Many companies must spend their budget $$$


  • Businesses wind down and have more time available to train you



HOLIDAY JOB SEARCH TIPS


  • Use the holidays to ''schmooze'' - ask for advice and feedback as opposed to a job

  • Send holiday cards to your network of contact with your business card inside

  • Create a job search ''to do'' list with at least 1 task or activity every day

  • Tap into your network and ask them for 2 more contact names who might be interested in speaking with you

  • Take seasonal work over the holidays to meet new people and assist with your bills


Still not convinced?? My husband actually started his new job yesterday ... and I know several others who started their new roles recently...SOLD NOW??

So get out there and connect with your contacts and potential employers -- both of you will be glad you did!

And ... keep focused! ... keep positive! ... and keep learning!