Job Searching During the Holidays? Really?

Job Searching During the Holidays? Really?

Dallas social media speaker J.R. Atkins speaks on Social Media and Your CareerSince I speak on Social Media and Your Career Search, I thought the following information might be helpful to those in transition. You can find the entire article at:

http://news.yahoo.com/8-reasons-continue-holiday-job-search-150323731.html

8 Reasons to Continue Your Holiday Job Search

 

1. You’ve got more time to search for a job since work has slowed down.

2. Your competitor job seekers may not be looking.

3. It’s a perfect time to meet the people who may be hiring later.

4. Holiday networking opportunities are abound.

5. People are more laid back.

6. End-of-year budgets may provide hiring opportunities now rather than in January.

7. Holiday cards are the perfect excuse to remind hiring managers that you’re available.

8. Freelancing while everyone else is on vacation might get your foot in the door.


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jratkins

As an Author, Speaker & Consultant on Social Media, Mobile Apps, Sales & Marketing, I help individuals and companies embrace social media and mobile Apps as communication tools, then use marketing to drive results. I enjoy connecting to others using these tools to grow their business.

6 Comments

Joseph

December 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Hi J.R.,

I met you at Careers in Motion at Watermark; I’m the fine art landscape photographer. I mentioned I had a question about blogging. Essentially, I’m wondering if maintaining a blog is going to be a worthwhile expenditure of my time. Most folks seem to think that you just need to have a blog, yet, I’ve also read comments from business owners about how they don’t have time for blogging because of all the obligations of running their business. I’m also not one to follow blogs much, myself, so it’s easy for me to fall into the trap of thinking no one else does either.

In a nutshell, my goals are to spend a good deal of time traveling around, shooting landscapes and to make a living selling prints of those photos, hopefully one day from a gallery (or galleries) of my own.

In view of those goals, do you think a blog could be leveraged to draw new clients and/or encourage or remind past clients to return in the future? Since, as you said in the presentation, a blog is something that needs to be kept up to date, I want to be sure I would be using all that time productively.

Let me know if you need me to clarify anything; I wanted to keep the e-mail pretty brief. Thanks, J.R.

-Joseph

    jratkins

    December 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Dear Joseph,

    Great Question: What is the best use of my resources regarding blogging and my business?

    1. Notice that I took your email, posted as a comment on my blog article so others can benefit from our conversations. This could be one reason to have a blog; as a place for FAQ, Q&A, Discussions about photography, your work, etc.

    2. Take it one step at a time and prioritize. I can see a blog being a great resource for you when you vision is realized with people owning your art and seeing it in Galleries. So the question becomes, do I start it now or latter? My suggestion is to find a blog that you really like and adds value to your life. As a reader and participant you will gain more insight into blogging.

    3. Do you like to write? If so, a blog is a great place to do so. If not, it could become something you “have to do” and not be worth your time.

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    J.R. Atkins, MBA

Dave Novak

December 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

JR – I enjoyed your presentation yesterday and have really challenged myself with expanding my social network. Hoever, to date, I’ve purposely and exclusively use LinkedIn.

I did Google myself yesterday and was the first Dave Novak at the top of the search. I have 700+ connections in LinkedIn, which may be the reason, if they count connections to prioritize the list.

So I have a question – If I’m the first Dave Novak in a Google search of my name, does that mean that my network is O’k and I don’t need to expand it, i.e. people can find me quickly, by googling me?

I’m grateful for your insight

jratkins

December 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm

You are correct and good job!

Having said this, you can create a “Bill board” affect by having several listing when someone searches for you. For example, Google someone you like or famous and see how many times they appear. You might want to do likewise by have a few other places where someone can learn about you and your work.

J.R. Atkins, MBA

Lisa Long

December 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

I am one Lisa Long in a list of many very prestigious Lisa Long’s including an actress. I cannot foresee, no matter how many social networks I have out there, getting put above these other Lisa Longs on the google search results. Do you have any advice for me?

    jratkins

    December 16, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Dear Lisa,

    What can you add to your name to make you unique? Lisa Long of Dallas, Lisa Long Accountant, … do you get the idea. It’s like a catch phrase, it’s your Brand, and it sepperates you from the other Lisa Longs. I would be glad to visit by phone to help you work though this and show your unique qualities.

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