Gifts job hunters can give at zero cost

Job hunters needn’t feel embarrassed because your gift-giving budget is a little tight this year. Nobody expects you to blow part of your severance on presents. Your family and friends understand you’re unemployed and need to conserve your resources. Besides, Christmas and Hanukkah are religious holidays. So you need to recall the saying, “it’s the thought that counts.”

Here are two ideas of gifts you can give in keeping with the spirit of the season at zero cost. You can give gifts you make yourself. Job seekers who work with their hands can make small gift items like a Christmas ornament or design. You can also write a lovely note on a Christmas or Hanukkah card.

And you can give gift certificates for your services. The promise of your service to be rendered during the coming year— your Holiday gift certificate—is both a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. Services can be for cutting grass next summer, fixing computers, or for baby-sitting a number of times during the year.

Either way, people who are important to you will remember your special gifts as you give not out of obligation, but because you enjoy expressing your appreciation and fondness.

If you’re giving gifts to a job hunter, a most thoughtful gift is my book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. That’s because your friend in need can learn important game-changing techniques. Each tip takes just a minute to read and understand.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place






About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.