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WHY DECEMBER MAY BE THE BEST MONTH TO CONDUCT A JOB SEARCH

 

It's that time of year - and we've had more requests than ever before to again revisit Why December May Be the Best Time to Conduct a Job Search.

 

Perhaps your thinking: Now? No sense looking now; everybody knows that no one hires in December.

 

Contrary to widespread belief, December can actually be one of the best months to conduct a job search. Here are five reasons why:

 

1. Less Competition: Since so many people believe December is a bad month to look for a job, they don't actively search during that month. Hence, there is less competition from other job seekers, and potential employers have more time to consider those who do apply for positions.

 

2. More Access: "Everybody" does not go away for the December holidays. On the contrary, many managers are both catching up on unfinished business and are getting ready for the new year. Many human resources directors are working on staffing plans for the coming year, and they may be more attentive to recruiting and hiring than they are other times of the year. Thus the last month of the year can be the best month of all to get the attention of key people.

 

3. The Giving Season: As people get in the spirit of the year-end holidays, they tend to be more disposed toward helping others. There may not be a huge swing in this direction, but even a little increased openness by hiring managers works in favor of applicants.

 

4. January Hires: January is often one of the biggest months of the year for hiring. However, those hired in January are usually not the people who waited until January to start their job searches. Those hired in January are often people who were actively pursuing leads in December.

 

5. The January Rush: A lot of people make New Year's resolutions to change jobs so in January the market becomes more saturated with job seekers. If you put off your search until after the December holidays, you're likely to have to compete with a bigger (and possibly more determined) crowd in January. You also risk losing psychological job-search momentum around Thanksgiving, and you may not get into high gear until mid-or-late January. That means, obviously, that a job seeker can actually lose two months, not just one, by suspending activity in December.

 

A final note. While it may not be advisable to completely suspend job search efforts as many people do in December, do make sure you make time to spend with family and friends to enjoy the holidays.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT "GOOD NEWS FOR GRAY HAIRS: MARKETING YOURSELF AFTER 50"

 

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Author Tom Morris is a mover and shaker, dynamic and very engaging... [with a] creative vision [and the] ability to challenge dated assumptions about aging in the workforce. [Tom] provided the audience with answers and innovative ideas that lifted their self-esteem and I'm sure he'll do the same for you. There is good news for gray hairs!

 

- Giovanni F. Cappelletti, Director of Speakers' Bureau, 40Plus Of Greater Washington

 

WHAT'S THE GOOD NEWS?

 

Did you know that between 2000 and 2010, the number of 55 to 64 year-olds in the workplace increased by more than 50%? At the same time, the number of people 35 to 44 in the workplace decreased by about 10%. An enormous difference.

 

None of us is as old as we thought we'd be when we got to the age we are now. Overall Good News for Gray Hairs: Marketing Yourself After 50mental and physical health, vitality... We're able to stay productive and active in our lives and in the workforce longer.

 

Contact us today to learn more about having Tom present Good News for Gray Hairs: Marketing Yourself After 50  to your organization.  

 

 


THE RIGHT WAY TO DOWNSIZE

 

Downsizings happen all the time. Our firm has worked with firms, organizations and industries that have merged, dissolved, reduced, reorganized or just developed new products and services that needed a different talent mix or skill set than the one they had. We've seen it done well, and we've seen - and heard about - it being done poorly. Unfortunately, it's too often done poorly, especially if we look at longer-term effects.

 

We've also had the opportunity to work with firms, organizations and agencies that reorganize, reduce, refocus and recommit in a way that benefits the organization, its employees and stakeholders. How do they do it? Click here to find out.


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