5 for Friday: Holiday Job Hunting Edition

5 for Friday: Holiday Job Hunting EditionIt's holiday season and that means it's time for holiday hiring. If you've been on the job hunt for a while, the holidays could offer you just the opportunity you need to land a new job. They also offer a great chance to do some moonlighting and earn some extra money.

This week's 5 for Friday brings you articles with advice and information about holiday job hunting.

  • How To Turn Your Holiday Gig Into a Permanent Job. Forbes: “Use the opportunity to get to know the company and test drive the job. You’ll only want to turn this into a permanent job if you actually like the work you’re doing or the company you’re working for. So, remember it’s a two-way street. As they’re testing you out as an employee; test drive them as an employer. Find out what it would be like to work in that organization and decide if you’d want to be a permanent staffer before you start jumping through hoops. However—either way, you should do your best work and give 110% because you never know if or when you’ll need this employer’s help getting a job in the future.”
  • Must Tips for Job Hunting During the Holidays. Chicago Now: “Hiring managers are busy now, yet they have to plan for January hiring, so make sure to continue to contact as many companies as possible about current positions. Get your résumé in during the next three weeks before the week before Christmas. This is the last push for hiring for employers. After this, companies 'shut down' in hiring until as late as the second week in January. Many hiring managers take vacations during this time to take advantage of paid holidays.”
  • A Quick Win for Your Holiday Job Search. Arleen Bradley: “In addition to the extra money, there are benefits from working a retail seasonal job.  Benefits from working a retail job include an employee discount.  Most stores offer their employees a percentage off for the items they buy.  Hopefully, the people on your list will appreciate the products sold at the store.  You will meet many people.  People you might be able to connect with after the holidays.   The next customer you help maybe someone you know.  Working will also help build up your self-esteem and confidence.  That will help after the holidays when you continue your job search.”
  • Small Job Search Steps That Make You Stand Out Big Time. Huffington Post: “Keep your story consistent. Make sure your online story -- in the form of professional profiles, memberships, and so forth -- aligns with your job goals and resume. It's important for a recruiter or hiring manager to find the same person online they met face-to-face or on paper. Develop your tagline. Think about what makes you unique, taking into account your career goals, interests and passions, and what strengths you bring to the table. Use this information to develop the tagline to your elevator pitch. It should be short, memorable and adaptable to any audience.”
  • Tips for Holiday Job Seekers. KREX NewsChannel 5: “Start your job search earlier rather than later. Retail, delivery, restaurants and catering companies are common sources of seasonal employment. This is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they’d like to work for and then begin submitting applications and resumes. Although jobs start as seasonal, some companies will later hire some employees full time. Try to identify seasonal employment opportunities at businesses where you shop. You will already be familiar with the company and its products, and discounts available to employees can mean significant savings when shopping for gifts. Discounts can range from 20 to 40 percent for seasonal employees.”
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