Why You Should Keep Your Job Search Up During the Holidays

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As Thanksgiving in the U.S. quickly approaches, many of us are planning for the “official” start of the holiday season. Whether you are in a state of frenzied nostalgia and excitement, or scheduling some down time with friends and family, the question of whether to continue your job search might be one you are pondering.

In this video interview with Dick Bolles, esteemed author of What Color is Your Parachute? and online job search expert Susan Joyce, you’ll get the low-down on navigating your job search during the holidays. The how-to’s include:

– how to give yourself an edge during holiday time

– how to coordinate and get the most out of an informational interview

– how to convince an employer you are willing to relocate, even if you (currently) live far away

– how to use social media to find a job

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I became acquainted with Idealist in late 2000 while working in the career development office at a private liberal arts college in NYC. I used it almost daily to help students and alumni find meaningful careers. After a 12-year stint in higher education, I worked as a career coach for professionals in various industries (and still used Idealist). During one of those many searches, a listing really caught my eye- the one for the newly-created position, Careers Program Coordinator. So... I jumped at the opportunity. Since then, I took on the role of Manager of Career Content for Idealist Careers, creating career content for job seekers, leaders, and other nonprofit professionals. Understanding the roles that a positive outlook and holistic self-care play in career success, I've shared with our readers time-honored methods for improving confidence and productivity. Now, as Manager of College and Professional Development, my focus is on lifting the advice from Idealist Careers "off the page". Drawing from my experience in career development, I propel job seekers and career changers towards taking control of their searches with confidence and removing fear, uncertainty, and other blocks to success via in-person workshops and seminars, webinars, and conference programming. My great loves are cooking (preferably without a recipe, otherwise I doctor it up), dancing, live cultural performances, identifying the tasting notes in a good cup of coffee, exploring neighborhoods for hidden gems, and anything else that sparks the senses and allows me to experience all the beauty, dynamism, and intrigue that vivaciously living in a remarkable world offers.

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