Job Advice: Get Hired During the Holidays

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Ah, the holidays.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?

Well, maybe not so wonderful if you’re looking for a job.

Many people, including hiring managers and key decision makers, take extended vacations during this time of the year making it difficult to coordinate the calendars of everyone who needs to be involved in hiring process.  Not only does this slow down hiring, but often brings it to a screeching halt until after the New Year.

With the holidays upon us, you’ve got to act fast if you’d like to walk into the New Year with a new job!  Here are six things that you can do to get your foot in the door before the much dreaded holiday season hiring slump.  Make  sure to follow this job advice:

1. Ask Everyone You Know.  In this job market, it’s all about who you know.  About 70 to 80 percent of positions are never advertised, so the only way that you’ll find out about these positions is if someone tells you.  Tell everyone that you know that you’re looking.  This is the time of the year when people feel generous. Someone may feel generous enough to lead you to an outstanding job opportunity.  But, you have to open your mouth first!

2. Expand Your Network.  The key to finding out about as many opportunities as possible is to expand your network. Meeting more people provides more opportunities for you to find your dream job. Find the professional association in your industry and attend their next event.  You’ll meet lots of people in your profession increasing your chances of learning about a golden opportunity.

3. Get on LinkedIn.  LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to connect with professionals in your industry who can help you with your job search. You can also find the people who work at the companies that you’re interested in pursuing and directly connect with recruiters. LinkedIn is a favorite among recruiters, so you need to go where all the recruiters like to hang out!

4. Use Your Friends and Associates to Apply.  Referred applicants are twice as likely to land an interview as other applicants. Most companies value employee referrals and give preferential review to applicants that are referred by employees.  Use job search engines such as CareerBuilder to find the jobs, but don’t apply on those sites. Instead, find out if someone in your network works at the company and ask them to refer you.  LinkedIn can help you find someone in your immediate or extended network.

5. Use Specialized Job Boards to Apply.  Oftentimes, companies will post their open jobs on smaller industry job boards in addition to the larger job boards such as CareerBuilder.  If you don’t know anyone who can personally refer you, always apply on the smaller job board since their less crowded with applicants. Your resume has a better chance of standing out and being reviewed quickly without being lost in the shuffle of the hundreds of applications submitted on the larger job boards.

6. Tailor Your Resume.  Your resume is your first impression. It must be well written and clearly articulate your skills and experience without spelling or grammatical errors.  Any time you submit a resume to an employer, customize that resume to match the position that you’re applying for. If certain skills and experience requirements are listed, insert those skills and relevant experiences in your resume.  The applicant that creates the best match between their skills and experience in comparison to what’s required in the job posting, gets the interview.

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Khalilah Starks

Khalilah Starks, founder of High Powered Professional, is a career expert dedicated to providing students and professionals with techniques on career advancement and professional success. She has served as a career expert on a CBS Morning News Show and has been featured in numerous online and print publications.


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