It’s that time of year again: when we make resolutions for the New Year. And most everyone’s doing it too. Some common ones: Save money, manage stress, take a trip, get a better education and exercise. That’s why we weren’t surprised last January to find that the number of people at the gym had grown exponentially from just a few weeks before.
If you’re a job seeker, you’re probably thinking about making resolutions that will help you land that great new job you’ve been looking for.
'Tis the season to be jolly … and to attend holiday parties. And you won’t want to miss them, no matter how introverted you are, if you’re job hunting.
The holiday season presents great networking opportunities to boost your job search. Holiday parties and other events can help you connect with all kinds of people, increasing the likelihood you can link with the right professional contacts, and even your next employer. And contrary to what many job seekers believe, job hunting during the holiday season can be a great time, partly because there is less competition from other job seekers.
Many job seekers are getting ready for the holidays. True, you are probably cutting back on expenses if you're out of work. Still, cooking, baking, decorating and even maybe a little shopping might still be part of your plans. But what about your job search? Some job seekers think that employers don't hire workers in December, so they spend less time actively seeking work or take a break from it all together. And some job seekers trade in an active job search solely for job hunt planning.
In 5 Myths of Holiday Job Search , Rob Taub urges job seekers to continue actively seeking work during this period. He says that executives often make job offers during the holidays and tells why.
Tomorrow most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and enjoying the traditional meal – a turkey dinner. Did you know that Minnesota is the top turkey producing and processing state in the U.S? Two-hundred and fifty family farmers raise approximately 47 million turkeys annually, according to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association . The poultry industry is ranked in the top 10 for egg production and top 20 for chicken production nationwide.
Living in a state with such an important poultry industry, career explorers and job seekers might want to consider working in this field.
People who have lost their jobs potentially face significant emotional, financial and physical challenges. There’s no doubt, regardless of whether you loved or hated your job, you will feel its loss. And even if you were excited to begin a job search when you had first lost your job, your energy and motivation could be a lot different now. It’s easy to lose confidence in your own skills and abilities and become depressed during a lengthy period of unemployment.
And while many people enjoy the winter holiday season, others are prone to loneliness, anxiety and sadness. And that can make the situation even worse. But there are things you can do to help yourself and make it better.
The right amount of preparation, planning and strategy is essential to a successful job search. Planning helps you clarify your goals, understand your skills, and target specific jobs. It also gives you more confidence and puts you a step ahead of competitors. Part of that plan includes researching employers to find the companies that best fit your skills, interests and experiences. It’s common for job seekers to research larger well-known companies with brands they know, and place them on the list to target. But, you could be selling yourself short if you don’t research smaller companies as well.
Trudy Steinfeld in Expand Your Job Search: Go Big By Thinking Small , points out that all large well-known companies started out small. While they generally hire fewer new workers and are generally more difficult to research, a start-up organization could be the perfect fit for you.
We salute you, Minnesota’s former members of the U.S. military! Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, celebrated in Minnesota and across the United States in recognition and appreciation of the former members of our country’s military, who have protected our nation’s freedom and kept Americans safe. Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC, wrote in his poem, “It’s the Soldier,” this:
“It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech …”
A career in manufacturing might not seem glamorous or exciting. But things have changed. Today’s manufacturing workers use complex, advanced technology and automated, computer-controlled equipment, while earning an average And manufacturing facilities aren’t dirty and outdated as some job seekers may think. Today’s facilities are clean and modern with the latest equipment and safety standards.
About 260 job seekers with disabilities linked with 31 employers at the 2nd annual Minneapolis Placement Partnership Career Fair.
“The event was highly successful and well attended,” said Ken Lundquist, Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) manager at DEED. “The number of job seekers doubled, and the large number of qualified applicants pleased employers.”