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Take Time Off?

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The holidays are here, which can really throw your job-searching plans for a loop. After all, many offices are going to be closed, HR managers and CEOs will be taking weeks off at a time, and your resume could just sit unseen well into the new year. It might just be better to wait until January and resume your job search then. Right?

Wrong. There’s no need to give up the search for two months at a time. That’s valuable time that yes, could be spent finding gainful employment. You may have to be more resourceful than other times of the year, but it can be done. Here’s how.

Network, network, network. Attend holiday parties, mail cards or holiday emails to old connections, and get in touch with as many people as you can. This is one of the only times of the year that some people feel truly charitable, so take advantage of it! Some of your old connections may just be willing to help you get a great job.

This is also the time to think of others. Sign up at a soup kitchen, an animal shelter, a homeless shelter, or the like. This may or may not lead to a permanent job, but at least you can feel great about what you’re doing while also filling in gaps on your resume. It’s a win-win!

You may not want to get involved in retail, but if you’re really struggling to make ends meet, getting a temporary retail job for the holidays is an ideal means of putting some extra cash back in your pocket. These jobs are good for those who are waiting until the new year to rev up their job search: they have a finite start and end date and are typically willing to hire most people who want to help out.

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