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Why the Holiday Season is a Great Time for Job Searching

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There are countless excuses you can make for suspending your job search through the month of December: You need a break. You want to enjoy the holidays. Nobody’s really hiring anyway. Most companies are worried about end-of-the-year financials and holiday parties. You can start your job search again in mid-January, once things are back to normal.

We’re here to tell you that, in spite of all the excuses, the holiday season is actually a great time to look for work. If you’re already searching, keep doing it—full speed ahead. And if you’ve been thinking about launching a new job search, there really is no time like the present.

Reasons to Job Search During the Holidays

Why do we think the holiday season is so ideal for job searching? Here’s our argument:

Your competitors are taking time off for the holidays. You might assume that hiring managers receive many fewer resumes and cover letters during the holiday season—and you’re not wrong. That’s all the more reason for you to step up and seize this opportunity to shine in a less-crowded field of applicants.

You’ll have a lot of opportunities to network over the holidays. Parties, open houses, charity events… this is a season that brings with it plenty of chances to meet and mingle, which can really be an asset to jobseekers.

You have a great excuse to reconnect with old contacts. The holidays give you a perfect reason to send quick emails or LinkedIn messages to former colleagues and classmates, and to let them know you’re thinking about them and wish them a happy holiday season. Of course, you can also let them know you’re in the market for work.

You may actually have an easier time reaching hiring managers. It’s not unusual for administrative assistants and mid-level managers to take holiday time, so if you call a potential employer, there’s a decent shot of you connecting more easily to the ultimate decider. This gives you a unique opportunity to form a connection!

You can position yourself for January turnover. The beginning of the year can bring a lot of departures—so even if you’re not hired before Christmas, you can at least have your name in the ring for a shot in January.

You can prove yourself to be serious. Job seeking over the holiday season is, as we’ve already established, a pretty bold move—and it’ll show hiring managers that you’re really committed.

Make Your Move

There’s no time like now to put your best foot forward—and one way to do so is to spruce up your resume. We’d love to give you the holiday-season resume overhaul you need. Contact our team at Grammar Chic to make it happen: 803-831-7444 or www.grammarchic.net.

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4 Job Search Worries You Can Stop Stressing About

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Seeking new employment can be stressful—especially when you’re not already earning a paycheck somewhere. That stress cannot be totally mitigated, but perhaps it can be reduced. At the very least, jobseekers can stop stressing about the things that just don’t matter, saving their worry and their attention for the bigger, more significant issues.

In other words: Know what you should legitimately be concerned about, and what you can let go of. We’ll offer a few quick examples of the latter—four things that many jobseekers worry about, but really don’t need to.

Job Search Anxieties You Can Let Go

  • The occasional gap on your resume. While it’s certainly problematic to have a resume riddled with holes, a few short gaps here and there—especially ones in the distant past—are really nothing to fret about. Maybe you took three months off from your career to care for an ailing parent, or you took a sabbatical while you returned to school. An employer may very well ask you about these gaps, but all you have to do is give your explanation, and the employer will almost surely understand. It’s nothing to get hung up about.
  • Requests to contact your current boss. You may be asked if the hiring manager can get in touch with your current employer, as a reference—and you may prefer that this not happen. More likely than not, your job search is something you’d rather keep secret. The good news is, employers understand that, and declining this request is perfectly normal. Don’t hesitate to ask the hiring manager not to let the cat out of the bag with your current boss.
  • Jobs left off your resume. In the interest of telling your story, as succinctly as possible, you may want to omit a job listing or two from your resume—and that’s okay! Now, should you leave off a major job that leaves a seven-year gap on your resume? Probably not. But if you need to cut off your summer internship from back when you were 18, well, that’s not likely to be an issue.
  • An unwieldy list of references. You may have former employers or colleagues on your list who have since moved on, or even retired. Contacting them might be challenging—but that’s not really your concern. When a hiring manager asks you for references, he or she is only asking for your permission to contact those folks. The logistics aren’t your concern!

Another way to eliminate worry from your job search? Make yourself confident by getting a sparkling new resume. Start the process today by contacting the Grammar Chic team! You can reach our resume writing pros at 803-831-7444, or at www.grammarchic.net.

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Should You Lie to Your Boss About Your Job Search?

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When you’re searching for new employment, it’s perfectly understandable that you might want to keep your search private—at least from your current employer. If your boss finds out that you’re in the market for something new, it could very easily become a problem for you—leading to fewer opportunities at your current position, a soured relationship with your employer, or even your termination.

Trying to keep your job search private is important, but not guaranteed to be successful. Your boss may become suspicious, despite your best efforts to ensure otherwise. And when your boss gets suspicious, he or she may confront you about it.

The Pros and Cons of Lying

“Are you looking for a new job? Are you thinking about leaving our company?” When your boss asks you questions like that, it can be difficult to know how to respond. Sadly, there is no one answer we can offer, because it just depends on a lot of factors: Your boss’ temperament, your current relationship, whether you really think your boss would fire you, whether you think your boss might actually help you in your job search, and so on.

One option is to lie—to say oh no, of course not, even if you actually are on the job market. The Grammar Chic team does not encourage anyone to lie, though neither do we wish to tell you what to do; instead, we’ll simply invite you to consider the pros and cons.

There are really two pros. One is that you can use a lie to get more information about the situation. Oh no, of course I’m not looking for new work—why do you ask? That question can help you discover why your boss is suspicious—if a co-worker spilled the beans, for instance. In addition, a lie might buy you some time to keep searching before your boss becomes suspicious again.

The cons, however, are that lying could damage your relationship with your boss, should you be found out. This could lead to a burned bridge—i.e., no reference or recommendation, later in your job search—and it could also lead to a touchy work environment in the here and now. It may even make your boss want to look for a reason to fire you.

Alternatives to Lying

If you choose not to lie, however, there are some alternative options available to you:

  • You can answer your boss’ question with another question: Why do you ask? Leading with this, and evaluating your boss’ answer, can help you determine how you might further respond.
  • You can tell your boss you are looking at positions related to your own, as a way to appraise your career and see if there are more responsibilities you could be taking on—perhaps a semi-truth that might help you more than outright lying.
  • And of course, you could simply tell the truth outright—hoping for the best.

Again, this is really a decision to be made on the basis of how well you know your boss and how you read the current scenario. As you weigh truth versus lying, though, we recommend that you weigh all the pros and cons—and consider the alternatives.

For more job search tips, we invite you to contact us today: Call Grammar Chic at 803-831-7444, or visit www.grammarchic.net.

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Are You Wrecking Your Job Search?

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There’s no recipe that guarantees job search success, no list of ingredients that solidifies your standing as a reputable and desirable candidate. Job search success is largely about preparation, but it’s also about timing, personal connections, and good old-fashioned luck.

It’s also a bit of a mental game. You need to have a solid resume and an optimized LinkedIn page, it’s true—but if your head’s not in the right place, you may still find your job search to be fruitless.

Are you in the wrong headspace for job search success? Are you falling prey to some of the common, classic job search errors? We’ve listed just a few of them below.

You Have the Wrong Expectations

This job search error can take different forms, and it largely depends on how old you are. Young people—in particular recent college graduates—can often feel entitled, like the job force owes them a position. It doesn’t, and this kind of attitude—usually quite perceptible to employers—is a huge turn-off.

Older jobseekers face the opposite problem. They often assume that because they are over, say, age 50, there’s just no position open for them, which isn’t true at all—but believing it to be so can wreck your confidence.

You Think The Only Way to Get a Job is Through Networking Site X

Fill in the X with whatever career portal you like—whether it’s Monster.com or simply LinkedIn. There are a couple of problems with thinking the only way to find work is to be active on one of these sites. The first is that, if anything, you’re going to want to be active on multiple job sites and networking platforms; you can’t afford to put all your eggs in one basket. More importantly, though, you have to realize that a website isn’t going to hire you; a person is going to hire you. Relationships, human connections, face-to-face meetings—even in our increasingly digital world, are all things that are still incredibly important.

You Assume That You Are the Sum of Your Achievements

Your previous positions and your degree are important, but they’re not the sum total of who you are as a candidate. You have passions, interests, and personality traits that you bring to the table, some of which may not be neatly summarized on your resume. Being a winning conversationalist or a fast learner, these things can’t be taught—and as such, they’re often what employers are truly looking for.

You Think It’s All a Waiting Game

If you have a job interview at 10:00 in the morning, you’re probably not going to have an offer waiting for you when you check your e-mail at noon. In fact, it may take three or four days, if not longer, before you hear back anything at all. That’s all well and good—but you’re by no means obliged to simply wait for hiring managers to get back to you. You need to stay active and keep looking, even as you anticipate news from an interview that you think went well.

Getting your mind right is an important part of the job search process, and can help you avoid major job search mistakes. To learn more about how Grammar Chic can help you in your job search, we invite you to contact us today: Call 803-831-7444, or visit http://www.grammarchic.net.

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