Wednesday, November 30, 2016
2016 - 3 Reasons the Holidays are a Great Time to Start or Continue Your Job Search and Gift
Many job seekers think that the holidays are a bad time to find a job so they back off on their search efforts; that is a myth. There are actually three reasons that the holidays are a great time to start or continue the search.
Reason One – Companies are Still Hiring – Even More So
A poll reveals that 69% of recruiters report hiring as many, if not more people in the month of December than any other month. Why? Well, December marks the end of one budget year and the beginning of another for many companies.
Have you heard the expression “use it or lose it” when it comes to company budgets? Managers do not want to lose a headcount because they haven’t filled it before the end of the year, so they are hiring now to fill those seats.
Next, companies are ramping up hiring to have people in seats at the beginning of the year. Hiring managers want to fill positions as soon as possible to help with the immense workload and to keep from losing an unfilled position should the company decide to have a hiring freeze if budgets are adjusted down.
And, in order to reduce tax liabilities, companies want to book expenses within the calendar year and that includes expenses related to hiring.
These are just a few of the reasons companies still hire over the holidays.
Reason Two - You Have Things to Do First to be Successful
The process of searching for a job is actually step 4 of a successful search*. Quoting Coach Wooden, “When opportunity knocks, it’s too late to prepare.” Be ready before opportunity knocks on your door. Be sure you have addressed the first three steps and have all of your marketing materials ready to go.
Step 1 is Attitude. There are two aspects to having the right attitude. The first aspect of attitude is understanding and accepting that the job market has changed. If you believe, “I have found a job before, I can do it again” without understanding what you need to do differently, then you will have a very hard time finding a job.
The job market has changed; the resume formats have changed, in fact the resume is the 6th most used piece of marketing materials (meaning there are 5 others used as often if not more so). The methods to look for a job have changed. Are you mistakenly relying too much on on-line applications? Take this time to understand the new job market and revise your approach.
The second aspect of having a good attitude is giving yourself time and permission to process the loss or fear so it does not negatively impact your body language, word choice, or the energy you need to do the job search. Don’t think you can fake it. Your micro gestures can’t be faked and that is the reason lie detectors work so well and psychics can conduct cold readings. Like leftovers in a refrigerator, emotions do not get better with time. Take them out and deal with them now.
Step 2 is Aptitude and that means knowing your product – YOU. You need to be able to give a powerful, concise answer to the question “Why should we hire you over your competition?” When asked “what are your strengths” do not give the blah blah blah answer by saying “I’m detailed oriented, I’m a people person, I’m a quick study, I’m organized, I’m a hard-worker…” That is the answer too many interviewees give because they think that is what hiring authorities want to hear – it isn’t. They want to know your real strengths.
Your search will be more successful and take a shorter amount of time if you identify and document your prior accomplishments (STARs), identify your real strengths, and developed a personal brand. Be sure you know your product and how you are unique from your competition.
Step 3 is Altitude which means identifying the specific job title you are pursuing and developing your resume based upon the criteria companies are looking. Then identify and target a list of 5-10 companies you REALLY want to work for. Having a target company list does not mean you wouldn’t take a job with another company. Less successful job seekers take the passive approach, waiting for companies to post positions. Instead proactively work to get a job with your target companies. Read RightChanges’ comprehensive article Why and How to Work a Target Company List.
These three steps must be completed before updating your marketing materials. Also, remember that your resume is the 6th most used piece of marketing materials. Know what other items of marketing materials you need as much if not more than a resume and how and when to use them.
Reason Three - Less competition.
While others are stepping back in their search, step forward.
You have probably seen the skit in cartoons where a troop is standing in a line and the drill sergeant asks for someone to volunteer for a dangerous mission by stepping forward. All of the members of the troop, except one, step back making it look like the one guy stepped forward. In that case it is not good to be the one who is left standing in front. But in the job search, you want to be the one who is stepping up. When others are missing out on opportunities, be the one who is there when opportunity knocks.
Use this time to network into opportunities before someone else does.
Now is the time to see how you can add success to your job search.
As my holiday gift to you, click this link (or paste this shortened URL into your borrower: goo.gl/vocPOG ) to play my new, two part video RightChanges Job Search Success packed with information to improve your job search success.
Merry Christmas! Judi Adams
*The Six Steps of the Job Search are the copyright of Crossroads Career Services. Judi Adams of RightChanges is a professional affiliate of Crossroads Career Services.