Don’t stop your job search during the holidays! Even in the month of December, organizations are moving candidates through the hiring process.
While it is tempting to want to put your job search on hold during the holidays, don’t. Keep working on it.
This week’s summary includes tips for networking through the holidays and what to put in your out of office autoresponders. You’ll also find answers to the biggest mistakes job seekers make, how long job search will take, and why you aren’t getting feedback after the job interview. There’s also a fascinating study about the importance of having a complete LinkedIn profile and some free resources for job seekers.
Use this month to leverage the festive moods of friends and colleagues. And know that the hiring process doesn’t stop during the month of December. It may move more slowly, but job search during the holidays is still possible.
Seven Tips for Networking Through the Holidays
by Keith Ferrazzi | Inc.
The holiday season was made for networking! Take advantage of this season by trying some of these tips to stand out. While this is an old article, I still find it holds up in today’s world!
Career Coaches On the Biggest Mistakes People Make In the Job Search
by Adrian Granzella Larssen, The Muse | Fast Company
7 career coaches share their top advice for job seekers. And while I list a summary of their advice, you definitely should read the full article. Job search is so much more than adding bullets to your old resume.
- Mistake 1: Not Starting With You
- Mistake 2: Thinking Like A Historian, Not A Marketer
- Mistake 3: Not Looking At The Big Picture
- Mistake 4: Overemphasizing What You Want
- Mistake 5: Relying Solely On Job Postings
- Mistake 6: Only Networking When You Need Something
- Mistake 7: Not Following Up
How Long Will It Take to Get a Job? Here’s What the Data Says
InHerSight | Motley Fool
Using data, this article breaks down how long you can expect to wait after applying for a job, after your interview and overall, how long it will take to land a job.
Spoiler: according to a BLS report, the average job seeker spends 5 months looking for a new job.
But there’s more data you need to understand around hiring timelines to set your expectations.
Bookmark This! Job Seeker Resources Edition
by Sharlyn Lauby | HR Bartender
This article references a free job search hotline for job seekers. It also includes several resources provided by Lauby.
The Real Reasons Why Job Seekers Are Not Given Feedback
by Jack Kelly | Forbes
You may have been told to ask for feedback after the interview. But here are the reasons why you aren’t going to get any meaningful advice when you ask.
Job Applicants With a ‘Comprehensive’ LinkedIn Profile 71% More Likely to Get Interviews, Study Says
by Laura Stampler | Fortune
So, it turns out that hiring managers really DO care whether or not you have a LinkedIn profile. If you have a bare-bones LinkedIn profile and are applying for jobs, then you want to read this!
Why You Should Put a Little More Thought into Your Out-of-Office Message
by Michelle Gielan | Harvard Business Review
The holiday season, when you take some time off and won’t be responding to emails, sent up your out of office autoresponder. Here’s why, according to this article- it can create a social connection with recipients including colleagues, clients, and vendors. There are several examples of messages you can adapt to your own situation.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.