It’s countdown time again. You’ve got about six weeks before hiring basically goes on holiday. Thanksgiving is the unofficial beginning of the holiday period. This is the time when hiring managers magically divert their attention to sugarplum fairies and potato pancakes. So what’s a job applicant to do? Follow these steps and you may very well find that you are the recipient of an early holiday gift…employment.
Warp speed ahead – Now is the time to get on the phone and reconnect with everyone you called the day you found yourself unemployed. Remind them you are still looking for work.
Specificity rules – Don’t make others work hard to help you. Be specific. Tell them exactly what it is you are looking for and let them know specifically how they can be of assistance. For example, rather than telling a former colleague you are hoping to land a position in marketing, tell her that you are searching for a market research position in a consumer products company where you can utilize your 15 years of experience in the field.
Link-in again – Check your Linkedin contacts to see who else has joined your network. Take a look at groups that may have recently formed to see if these groups may be appropriate for you to join.
Find a mentor – Studies show that people accelerate more quickly when they utilize coaches and mentors. Find someone in your network who is willing to provide guidance during this challenging time in your life.
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