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Don't Sing the Holiday Blues: A Six-Step Guide to Successful Job-Hunting Between Thanksgiving and New Year's
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

With apologies to the great lyricists, are you Dreaming of a Job for Christmas? Is All You Want for Christmas is a Job? Job-Huntin' Around the Christmas Tree? There's No Place Like a Job for the Holidays? Deck the Halls with Job Offers?

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Converting Your Seasonal Job to a Permanent Position: Tips for Success
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D

Who can forget the excitement and hope of finding a new relationship? Those early encounters filled with so much anticipation and nervous energy? The fun of meeting new people and the hope of finding the one? The thrill of the hunt—with the goal of finding that one special… employer.

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Q. I’ve been sending resumes out for months now and I never hear anything back. Sometimes I wonder if anybody is even getting them. Is there a way to find out?

A. It’s certainly frustrating to apply for jobs that you know sound perfect for you without any kind of response, but these days that seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Employers are recieving a lot of applications for every available position and job one is reducing their applicant pool to the handful of people who are going to pass through to the next stage. Being proactive shows that you take initiative, so if you can identify who the hiring manager is, you could respectfully reach out to them to reassert your interest in the position. Your best course of action though is to separate yourself from all of the other applicants before you even submit your resume. Work your network to find somebody in the company who might be able to present your resume on your behalf. When a trusted employee brings a resume forward, that resume will get a bit more attention, and then you’re halfway to the job.


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