Holiday job hunting

Job-hunting during the Holidays is a once-a-year opportunity to meet people. That’s the word from retired career consultant Marilyn Clague who says the season to be jolly—including the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve— is not the time to ease-off on your job search. “Yet lots of job-hunters think because everybody goes away over the Holidays, why bother?”

Clague contends it’s a mistake not to move forward with your job-search during the Christmas and Hanukkah season. “November through early January is traditionally the best time for making contacts and interviewing,” she says. That’s because companies are preparing for January when there’s traditionally more hiring.

Clague concedes the pace is a bit slower after Thanksgiving because some of your contacts will be out of town. “But those left behind often don’t have as many things to do, and might be quite happy to talk to you or have you stop by and visit,” says the counselor.

Budgets start in January. Therefore, November and December are the best times of the year for interviewing. When it comes to Holiday hunting, the career counselor sums it up this way: “Always remember the job-search is a job in itself. So you shouldn’t slack off.”

Not slacking off includes learning and applying those job finding techniques that can help you land a job quicker and make money sooner. You’ll find  a multitude of game-changing techniques to help you launch and conduct a successful job-finding campaign in my book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. If you know someone who is out there looking for work, give this book as a much appreciated Holiday gift.

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.