By Kevin Donlin,
JoAnne Purtan interviewed me (Kevin) for a story that ran last night on Channel 7 (ABC) News in Detroit.
The big idea: Far from being a slow time, the holidays are a PERFECT time to jumpstart your job search and make connections with hiring managers.
Start by doing your homework before attending any holiday parties:
- Know who will be there
- Pick the 3-5 people you think can advance your career
- Research them â€” their personal and professional life â€” so you can make an OUTSTANDING first impact with the questions you ask them
- Be useful to these people
- Donâ€™t talk too much shop or expect anything in return
- Ask them to meet for coffee after the holidays â€” or sooner, if their schedule allows
- Be even more useful when you meet for coffee, which you will pay for!
- Expect job leads to follow
More ideas from the Channel 7 story â€¦
Itâ€™s taking people an average of 34 weeks to find a job these daysâ€¦ But if you think December is not a good time to look with everyone focused on the holidays, think again. Now may be the perfect time to step up your search.
In between the trips to the mall to find just the right affordable gifts, take advantage of shopping for a job this monthâ€¦
â€œYou should be looking because it may look slow below the surface, but employers are making decision in December about who to bring in in January, and you have a much better chance of getting on their radar than when everybody is stampeding after a job in January,â€ says Kevin Donlin.
Donlin is the co-director of Guerilla Job Search International. He stopped by Channel 7 to help fire up your job search. He says hiring managers are often working late hours in December, so you have a good chance of reaching them.
As for the holiday parties taking place, if youâ€™ve been invited to one, Donlin says look at it as an opportunity, without being pushy of course.
â€œYou have to do your homework ahead of time, try to know whoâ€™s going to be there, so you can meet the people who may be able to be a help to you in your job search. Know what job youâ€™re looking for and the value you would bring to that job so you can have intelligent conversations.
And if you happen to land an interviewâ€¦ after itâ€™s over, you better say thank youâ€¦ the old fashioned way!
â€œYou must handwrite and mail a thank-you note to everybody you meet, from the receptionist to the hiring manager,â€ Donlin says. â€œBecause everyone thinks email is okay for sending thank you notes, but everybodyâ€™s hurting in the job market right now, so do you want to be like everybody? No.â€
Kevin Donlin is contributing co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.” and “Guerilla Resumes“Â Â (Which I review here). Â Since 1996, he has provided job search assistance to more than 20,000 people. Author of “51 Ways to Find a Job Fast — Guaranteed,” Kevin has been interviewed by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Radio and others.Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. To learn about Guerrilla Resumes and how it could help you, visit his site atÂ www.GuerrillaResumes.com