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Monday, December 18, 2006

Job hunt now? You bet!

Despite what you may think, December is actually one of the best months to look for a job, according to Monster.com. Most of us feel too crazed during the holiday season to look for a new job. Others postpone job hunting until the New Year, thinking they’ll have a better shot. Monster says that isn’t necessarily the case. During the holiday season, applications tend to slow down more than job openings do, tipping the balance in favor of those who do apply.
Indeed, I have a friend who just landed a great new job and gets to end 2006 knowing she'll be making more money and cut her commute time in 2007. So if you’re wondering how to get a jump on the competition AND get your resume noticed during the holidays, consider these tips from Monster:
· Work the Holiday Events: Whether you’re attending an employer-sponsored party or holiday networking event, make the most of social gatherings by planning in advance. Set a goal to meet, connect with and learn from three to five people at an event.
· Follow Up: After the event, send a handwritten, personalized thank-you note to each contact, including a copy of your resume, if appropriate.
· Keep Your Network Going: Find creative ways to stay on your contacts’ radar screens. Set a search engine alert - research your contacts and their interests, and stay in touch that way.

1 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

This is very helpful information. I'm not actively looking for a job right now, but if I ever am around the holidays, I'll hop to it! Thanks for the tips.

Susan @ Working Moms Against Guilt
http://wmag.blogspot.com

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