Don’t Stop Now! Job Hunting During the Holidays…

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If you are considering just putting your job search on hold until January, then you may be making a huge mistake. Many of the “gatekeepers” (those people who guard access to the hiring manager) take their vacations, but many hiring managers are working through the holidays with much more free time on their calendars. Melissa Victor-Totah – a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, trainer, coach, and career consultant and Career Facilitator with Workforce Solutions – joined us on The Job Search Boot Camp Show. Here are some of her tips, and the complete episode can be played from within this blog entry.

Holiday Hiring

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Many job seekers put their job searches on hold during the holiday season. This could be a huge mistake according to Kathy Lansford-Powell, the leader of the Launch Pad Job Club – Central Texas largest job club with over 6,000 members. Kathy says her club typically sees about 30% more of her members hired in the last quarter than any other quarter during the year.

Two Minute Interview

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Companies will continue to find ways to help them screen out candidates. Pre-employment tests are widely used when the candidate submits a resume to cut down on unqualified applicants. One company in Birmingham, Alabama found a creative use of technology which saves them time screening candidates for each of their positions.

Resumes, Resumes, Resumes!

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We visited with Michael Kranes on our Show. He is an award-winning Certified Advanced Resume Writer, and has been nominated for Most Creative Resume, Best Militiary Transition Resume, and Best Technical Resume in the Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) awards.

The First Agreement

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The first agreement is to be impeccable with your speech. How many times have you said something like “I’m such a dummy”, or something terribly harsh like “I hate myself” when things don’t go your way? How many times have you said something like that to another person? Ruiz says that an agreement to be impeccable with your speech will transform your life.

Career Wizard

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Finding a job takes work. We know the pain and anguish over not being employed. Quite frankly, it sucks. When we have a job we hate working. When we don’t have a job, we can’t wait to work. Finding that balance of doing “something you love” for a “company you respect” is the recipe for work you love. Whether you are looking for work or looking for work you love, make sure you are taking the steps to find that Great Occupation!