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Why You Should Continue Your Holiday Job Hunting
Friday, November 30, 2012

The holiday season is the time of year meant for food, family, and friends. We think of decorative lights, snow, presents, and all the things that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Usually not on that warm and fuzzy list is a job search.

Who wants to worry about a job search when you could be spending that time hanging out by the fire sipping on some hot cocoa with your loved ones? When considering a job search like an actual job, you probably want to allow yourself a well-deserved holiday vacation. But you also know that time not spent on the job hunt is more time spent unemployed. Not to worry, this is not a time to stress!

Use the holiday spirit to amp up your job search. Hiring managers will be getting ready to wrap up the year and the hirings will picking up quick before the slow down. These busy managers are probably looking forward to the same fun festivities as you are so take advantage of the season's good sentiment. This is a time when most job hunters are on hiatus which allows you more opportunities.

For a season that comes around just once a year you should take this chance to get creative with your hunting approaches. For example, when you're writing out your greeting cards, include hiring managers on that list as well. Just like thank you notes are meant to make a lasting impression post-interview, a friendly greeting card helps set a positive tone for your first one. Remember to show your social networks some digital holiday attention too.

What's a holiday season without holiday parties? Take any and all opportunities to be someone's plus one at his or her holiday party. This is a great chance to network with a little less pressure than at a formal networking event. Company parties are where people are relaxed and focus on having fun which sets an ideal setting to form friendships and connections. The key is keeping it as casual as possible. Hand out a few business cards, but leave your resume and cover letter at home. Aggressive networking at a holiday party will leave a worse taste in people's mouths than spoiled egg nog.

The idea of having to push forward with job searching efforts over the holidays shouldn't be one to cringe over. It's actually one of the best times to look for a job because you get to switch it up from your normal routine. When people are generally in higher spirits during the holidays, it almost doesn't make sense to put you job search on pause. Sometimes, the best presents aren't wrapped under a tree.

Turn Your Temp Job Into a Permanent One
Friday, November 16, 2012

Temporary jobs are becoming increasingly easier to come by these days. Employers take on "temps" for a variety of reasons, the main one being that they need to someone to fill a position for a certain period of time. Think of it like a trial run.

Contract positions are a good way to go when you're looking to more employement opportunities. Many companies like the option of trying out new employees without having to make the commitment right away of bringing them on for good.

As a temporary employee, you too get the benefit of trying out the company for yourself. Temp work is especially suitable for those whose lives tend to change periodically or just need the extra income. Since temp work is easier to come by than permanent positions, people who are looking for the latter may take them because the opportunity was there.

Most companies usually don't keep the employee on for longer than was stated in the contract but does happen. Employers are becoming more precise about making sure they find the right person for the job. Sometimes this means offering a temp position rather than a permanent one with a trial period.

The first and most basic step of trying to solidify your place at a company is being 100% reliable--reliable without a glimmer of a doubt. As a temp, your job is already on the line. If you want to make it go the distance, you'll have to go every extra mile.

Waste no time looking for any possibilities of an available permanent position. Ask around and see if there is even any potential there. Find out early if it's a real possibility so that you can start planning your next move for when your time there is up.

Even as a temp employee, you should still look at the job as if you were a permanent one. This means working just as a hard, or even harder, than the other employees there. Working with that mindset with show others your enthusiasm as a team player and they will value you more than for your skills.

Getting this job may have put your job search on hold but networking should be done consistently. The connections you make could prove to be a career saver. Building these relationships with your co-workers is crucial as it may be your ticket to staying on, and if not then a way in to somewhere else.

Temp jobs are a great way to get paid and possibly find a new career. Be patient and not too pushy. Asking to be taken on permanently from a temp job doesn't hurt but it isn't guaranteed either. A temp just is better than no job even it if doesn't last for as long as you might wish.

How to Get a Retail Job During the Holidays
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Do you remember what your first job was? Chances are likely that at an early point in your working days you played a role in the retail industry. That's the great thing about retail, it allows everyone a fair shot at gaining some working experience.

If you have never worked in the retail industry, it's something that should be given some consideration. With the holiday season right around the corner, major retailers and courier companies are hiring in masses to prepare.

The current unemployment rate is still at 7.9 percent. The 4.8 million unemployed Americans out there will be looking to the holiday hirings to brighten the season's dark days. This year's seasonal hirings don't have high expectations, but they are expected to surpass numbers from last year.

Whether you're one of those unemployed millions or simply want some extra cash for the holiday shopping, a retail job might just be what you're looking for. Here are some of the things that retailers will be looking for from candidates wanting to take advantage of one of the many gifts brought by the holiday season.

1) Genuine enthusiasm.

Working during the holidays can be pretty demanding. Companies want people who are eager to do a good job. Candidates who show that they are ready and willing to work hard will have a better chance of being considered for the job.

2) Be punctual.

Jobs in the retail industry are usually structured in shifts. In order for operations to go smoothly, transitioning between shifts need to be as seamless as possible. Proper scheduling allows everyone a fair chance at doing their job well. Be on time to interviews and appointments both in-persona or over the phone.

3) Visit the companies websites.

Since companies anticipate masses of people inquiring about positions, they will most likely implement their hiring process online. This will make it easier for the applicants to have instant access to the applications and for companies to manage them all.

4) Flexibility.

Holiday hours extend much longer than normal working hours. Being open to work during the early or late-night hours will make you a much for desirable candidate. Candidates who specify that they can only be scheduled during certain hours will more than likely get passed over for someone who is less picky.

5) Sell your goodies.

If you have certain experience such as volunteer work or have a particular interest in food, for example, then consider applying to places that value that. Retail is a good industry for those who enjoy working closely with people and volunteer work is a good demonstration of that. If you're really computer savvy, try applying at places like Best Buy or Fry's Electronics.