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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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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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