AUDIO: Don’t stop looking for a job because it’s the holidays
December 18, 2009
• With fewer applications, your resume may stand out
• ‘Year end is the time managers actually like to look for new people’
With unemployment lurching at or near record levels throughout California and the nation as the holidays draw near, many job seekers are making a big mistake.
“Many people make the crucial mistake of thinking that this is the wrong time of year to be looking for a job,” says Debra Woog-McGinty, a Boston, Mass.-based career specialist.
“In fact, year end is the time managers actually like to look for new people,” she says.
With as many as six unemployed people available for every job opening, there can be no holiday break for those looking for a job, she says.
“Always keep your job search non-stop. The moment you stop to breathe is the moment others get ahead of you,” she says.
(Debra Woog McGinty offers tips from real life about getting jobs in tough times in today’s CVBT Audio Interview. Please left-click on the link below to listen now or right-click to download the MP3 audio file for later listening.)
“Things are starting to turn around and people have a lot more optimism and hope for 2010 than they were feeling for 2009,” she says. “Good things are ahead.”
Laid off 11 years ago, Ms. Woog McGinty founded her own small businesses -- Connect Two and MBA Navigator -- to help others in their careers. Her firms have coached nearly 1,000 professionals through times of job loss, career transitions, workplace conflict and more. Past clients include the Harvard Business School, the Cambridge Innovation Center, Amtrak, MIT Leaders for Global Operations, Putnam Investments and more.