"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus
Autumn is the spring of diversity and opportunity. Green leaves adorn the winter ferns while colorful foliage drifts from thinning branches. Winter rays of sun bursting through the trees reminds us that this is the season to let go of the clutter of our mind, body, spirit, and stuff to leave room for new opportunities. Winter is also the season for holidays and celebration: for connecting, renewing relationships and building new ones. This is the stuff of our lives and careers. We share and show our passions, values, and strengths in the way we celebrate.
We have the opportunity to show what we can do during the holidays. For example by showing hospitality, cooking, fixing, making, communicating, problem solving, or creating computer games or software, you can show your stuff at gatherings in a social environment. Everyone loves to hear about your passion, creative projects, new recipes, and multitasking. You connect with your friends, family, and colleagues by sharing your interests and showing what is unique about you.
Use your career vocabulary to name your skill or accomplishment. When you have a strengths and skills vocabulary, you can say what you did or are doing. For example at a holiday gathering my niece who is looking for a job said that she loves multitasking as she was doing 3 things at one time. It's fun to demonstrate your skills in a social environment. Whether you are looking for a job, building your business, finding volunteer opportunities, or hobbies and leisure activities social networking is the best way to prepare for career and life changes.
You won't suddenly have a network with next time you have a job change or life crisis. You build your relationships everyday by taking time to connect, listen, and share. In person is the best way to connect but sharing your holidays and celebrations on social media broadens your network as you learn about people in different part of your country and the world.
Learn more about connecting, networking, and sharing with a broader network by participating in the Fire Up Your Profile online class. Practice introducing yourself, discovering who and what you want to bring into your life and work, and how you want to share on a wider network. The first module is only $1.00. Sign up using Paypal at: http://fireupyourprofile.weebly.com/create-a-fired-up-profile.html. Contact Nancy Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would prefer a different payment method. Spring into life for the holidays. Have fun, sing, dance, and play!
Do what others are not doing. When looking for a job you want to do something different. The same is true for your business. Think about what the needs are for the season, weather, economy, and time of year. You want to fill a need––and not just yours––although that is an important part of the picture for you.
Earning a living is why you are out there working, networking, planning, and disciplining yourself. You need to know what you want and how that fits with the current needs of customers and employers.
In my business I work with entrepreneurs, writers, and job seekers. I have a very busy day planned, but I know my customers need to hear about what they can do this time of year for their careers. Since I delve into the holistic side of careers, which includes all of life and work, everything we do is part of our careers. When I think about the holidays, I wonder how I can help my clients this time of year. So I wrote about the joys of writing this time of year. We meet so many friends, family, and new acquaintances that it is the perfect time of year for networking in the true sense of building relationships.
I would guess the most neglected of these is job search during the holidays. Often people think that no one is hiring between Thanksgiving and New Years, but it’s more than just retail that is likely to increase their load this time of year. Think of the businesses that might be busier this time of year: emergency teams since more people are driving and getting sick, medical and dental offices since kids have time of school for appointments, delivery and those involved in getting packages out, and food services to name a few. Make a list of all the places you went in the last week. Those are all businesses that are busy this time of year.
With all of this work would anyone have time to hire? People leave their jobs for various reasons even during busy times when they most need reliable employees. If you have prepared your general resume and cover letter, have a list of accomplishments and examples then you are ready to seek employment during the holidays and still have time for celebrations.
Links to assist your adventure to employment during the holidays:
Who’s hiring during the holidays?
Holiday Hiring Hope
Steps to Hiring
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