As we enter the season of giving, many job seekers are still hoping for that final call back…that gift of a job offer that has eluded many for a month, six months, a year or more…! The truth is, this is not the best time of the year to get or find a wide array of employment opportunities. It’s not because jobs no longer exist, or positions have been filled.
The reality is that during such a time, many corporations and organizations are shifting their focus to allow staff more time with their families and enjoying some rest and relaxation. However, one point to note is that because everything is seasonal, retail positions are plentiful, and this form of hiring began months prior. There are opportunities however!
While corporate entities may have suspended hiring to deal with reorganization and close out fiscal year matters to prepare for the New Year, many of the large retail stores are seeking to significantly boost their labor force to address the demands of “holiday season” shoppers. Thus, opportunities abound, so apply.
The question becomes, how motivated are you to do a job that may seem to be “below your status”? I challenge you to rethink this mindset. Reflect on any workshops and training sessions that you may have attended and recall the recurring theme…Network. Build your network! Who’s in your network? Network, network.….AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Scream all you want, it works.
Four things you can do to enhance your marketability during the holiday season are:
Along with facing challenges, one must understand what is changing and why. Anyone exploring employment opportunities in today’s job markets must be equipped to deal with change and new paradigms. As we trend further and further away from “traditional résumés” and application processes, how does having a network help? What is the recruiter’s role?
Their command of the job market is bolstered by the Employment-at-will doctrine, governmental support, and globalization. To be competitive they must seek the best talent for the best price but shareholders have become more vocal in recent years, and this oversight places additional pressure on CEOs to continually increase productivity. Employers have a plan which directs there path towards achieving company goals. Do you have a plan, and, what are your goals? Are you seeing obstacles rather than possibilities and successful outcomes?