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10 Ways To Keep The Job Hunt Alive During The Holidays

10 Ways To Keep The Job Hunt Alive During The Holidays

With the winter holidays fast approaching, looking for a new job may be the last thing on many people’s minds. But if you’re in need of a new job, this isn’t the time to give up. Studies show that employers who need workers don’t stop hiring just because Christmas songs are playing everywhere and shoppers are rushing about. There are still plenty of things to do between Thanksgiving and early January to land a new job.

Want a leg up? Here are 10 ways to job hunt during the holidays:

1. Send holiday greetings.

The holidays are a natural time to reconnect with acquaintances, old co-workers and friends. Use this annual tradition to reconnect with contacts, updating them on your situation and letting them know you’re looking for a new challenge.

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2. Attend holiday gatherings.

This time of year is flush with gatherings and there are plenty of opportunities to network (but please don’t hand out your business card to everyone you see at an ugly-Christmas-sweater party). Attend as many parties and celebrations as you can, and as conversations develop, mention your job hunt and ask if they know of anyone who’s hiring. Who knows? They may have a lead or keep you in mind for something when it opens.

3. Schedule one-on-one coffees and lunches.

Everyone is in better mood over the holidays, so now would be a great time to set up those long-overdue lunch dates and coffees with contacts who might be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to job openings.

4. Update your resume.

Take a hard look at your resume and make sure it has everything needed to help you land a job. Is information complete? Is there something new you can add? Have someone else look it over to get their thoughts, too. Styles change and the resume that helped you land a job five or 10 years ago may not even get you an interview today. Once your resume is ready to go, take a look at your cover letter and give it a thorough once over.

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5. Update your online profiles.

Use any lulls at work (if you currently have a job) to update and polish your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your employment and education information is updated and add in any relevant awards. Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? Here’s how to create one. If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, give those a look over, too, and make sure they project a professional image.

6. Expand your virtual network.

Now that your LinkedIn profile is spiffed up, see who else you can connect with. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you have, and the more likely you’ll hear of job openings.

7. Freelance.

Offer freelance services to help a company while employees are out on vacation. It helps the business out at a potentially busy time and it may also get your foot in the door.

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8. Research.

Head online to check out job listings, visiting not only traditional job boards, but also companies or organizations where you would like to work. Find out if there’s a specialized e-newsletter advertising openings for your profession. Don’t just focus on the job openings, but try to learn as much as you can about potential employers. That information will help you as you craft your cover letter and go on interviews.

9. Be flexible.

Some employers are anxious to have someone start right at the beginning of the new year, so keep an open mind and be willing to do what it takes to land that job.

10. Keep at it.

A lot of people drop out of the job market during the holidays, but employers are still hiring. A smaller pool of prospective workers can work to your advantage, so stay active with your job hunt activities and responding to ads.

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If you keep your search going strong through the holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ll have a new gig in the new year.

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How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

I wrote a few articles about starting a business based on something you love doing and are passionate about. I received several responses from people saying they weren’t sure how to go about figuring out what they were most passionate about or how to find their true purpose. So I’m dedicating this article to these issues — how to find your entrepreneurial passion and purpose.

When I work with a new client, the first thing we talk about is lifestyle design. I ask each client, “What do you want your life to look like?” If you designed a business without answering this question, you could create a nice, profitable business that is completely incompatible with your goals in life. You’d be making money, but you’d probably be miserable.

When you’re looking for your life purpose, lifestyle design isn’t a crucial component. However, since we’re talking about entrepreneurial purpose, lifestyle design is indeed crucial to building a business that you’ll enjoy and truly be passionate about.

For example, say you want to spend more time at home with your family. Would you be happy with a business that kept you in an office or out of town much of the time? On the flip side, if you wanted to travel and see the world, how well could you accomplish that goal if your business required your presence, day in and day out, to survive? So start by getting some clarity on your personal goals and spend some time working on designing your life.

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At this point, you may need a little prodding, and you may want to hire a coach or mentor to work with you through this process. Many people are very used to the idea that there is a particular way a life “should” be. There are certain milestones most people tend to live by, and if you don’t meet those markers when or in the manner you’re “supposed” to meet them, that can cause some anxiety.

Here’s how to find your passion and purpose:

Give Yourself Permission to Dream a Little

Remember that this is your life and you can live it however you choose. Call it meditation or fantasy, but let your imagination run here. And answer this question:

“If you had no fears or financial limitations, what would your ideal life, one in which you could be totally content and happy, look like?”

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Once you’ve figured out your lifestyle design, it’s time to do a little more soul-searching to figure out what you’re truly passionate about. This is a time to really look within and look back.

Specifically, look back over your life history. When were you the happiest? What did you enjoy doing the most? Remember that what you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire job, but can actually be aspects of your past jobs or hobbies that you’ve really enjoyed.

Think About a Larger Life Purpose

Many successful entrepreneurs have earned their place in history by setting out to make a difference in the world. Is there a specific issue or cause that is important to you or that you’re particularly passionate about?

For some, this process of discovery may come easily. You may go through these questions and thought experiments and find the answers quickly. For others, it may be more difficult. In some cases, you may suffer from a generalized lack of passion and purpose in your life.

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Sometimes, this can come from having suppressed passion in your life for too long. Sometimes, it can come from eating poorly and lack of exercise. But occasionally, it may have something to do with your internal chemistry or programming. If the latter applies to you, it may be useful for you to seek help in the form of a coach, mentor, or counselor.

In other cases, not knowing your true purpose may be a matter of having not discovered it yet: you may not have found anything that makes your heart beat faster. If this is the case, now is the time to explore!

The Internet is a fantastic tool for learning and exploration. Search hobbies and careers and learn as much as you can about any topic that triggers your interest, then follow up at the library on the things that really intrigue you. Again, remember that this is your life and only you can give yourself permission to explore all that the world has available to you.

How Do You Know When You’ve Found Your True Entrepreneurial Purpose?

I can only tell you how I knew when I had discovered my own — it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. Rather, it settled over me, bringing a deep sense of peace and commitment. It felt like I had arrived home and knew exactly what to do and how to proceed.

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Everything flowed easily from that point forward. That’s not to say that I found success immediately after that moment. But rather, the path ahead of me was clear, so I knew what to do.

Decisions were easier and came faster to me. And success has come on MY terms, according to my own definitions of what success means to me in my own lifestyle design.

Dig deep, look within, and seek whatever help you need. Once you find that purpose and passion, your life — not just your entrepreneurial life, but your entire life — will never be the same.

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