As I write this, the thanksgiving holiday was a few days ago.. I hope you all enjoyed yours, mine was a blast. As usual, I ate too much, but that is what holidays are for, right?
Do you know what else the holidays are good for? JOB SEARCH. That’s what they are good for. I’ll get to that in a minute, but let me step back a bit, and tell you why I write about this subject every year:
With Christmas coming soon, I know this is a stressful time of year for my readers…everywhere you look, you’re watching friends with jobs make holiday plans, and spend tons of cash on presents, so you feel bad you can’t keep up. There’s worry about how your family and friends perceive you, all of these things dominate your thinking, accompanied by the steady drone of that god – awful Christmas music…
I want you to take heart, and know that you, no matter your situation, are a person of worth and value, no matter how many twists and turns your job search takes, never doubt the love and support your friends, family, and Creator have for you…don’t shun the get together and the dinners and the parties because you are out of work…you never know who you might meet, and what doors may open… take the family out to look at the Christmas lights, build a snowman with the kids or, if you have dogs, get a laser pointer and let them chase it around in the snow. It will be good for your spirit and your relationships if you stay positive and open. And make time for your people.
For your own sanity, don’t compare your situation with that of other people… we get into trouble because we compare our “behind the scenes” with everyone else’s “highlight reel.” When we do that, it’s easy to become discouraged and negative. Stay positive, and stay focused.
I said at the beginning that the holidays were good for job search. I mean that. Companies do hire this time of year, regardless of conventional wisdom that says otherwise… even if they aren’t interviewing right now, rest assured, they’ll take it from the top come early January.. .the key is to keep doing everything you have been ( or should have been) doing:
• Making those introductory phone calls – you never know who might be at their desk
• Writing those introductory emails – because now they have time to read them
• Asking for network meetings – because their schedule finally cleared up
Obviously, if you don’t have any idea WHO you will call and write, by all means, take the time to sit and think and plan and organize…BUT, make sure you get out there and DO…every day.
Job search is competitive… if others want to totally “check out” of the process because conventional wisdom says “nobody is hiring now,” then you can’t help that… but, YOU must keep pushing forward. Even if you make small gains, that’s forward progress nonetheless, and more than you’ll make if you don’t try.
So to sum up, you could say that I am preaching a balanced approach to the upcoming season… make sure you enjoy the season and the people, but don’t neglect your job search either.
Until next time, I wish you all the best. Coach Tom
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
The Five O’Clock Club is a nationally recognized outplacement firm with a proven job search methodology that helps job seekers get better jobs faster.
The Five O’Clock Club also provides affordable, humane outplacement services to companies who care about the well being of their employees. Tom is also an experienced independent recruiter specializing in molecular oncology research scientists & MD’s.
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