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Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise

Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise

Mary Jacobs | Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

“Part of a successful job search involves standing out from the competition,” says Ursula Averett, OsteoMed’s human resource director. “During December, the competition is lower.”


Here are some pointers from Paula Calise of Calise & Co. executive search firm to help you make the most of next month in your job search.

1. Make your “one-minute introduction.” Prepare a short description of what you have to offer as a professional and what you are looking for that’s suitable for sharing in social situations. Do it in one minute, do not drone on and be upbeat within reason. Be careful to avoid being a wet blanket; don’t make your job search sound like a sob story.

2. Socialize. Head to holiday parties, end-of-semester school activities and the like. Mingle and graciously tell your story.

3. Carry your cards. Take your personal business cards with you everywhere, exchange cards with people you meet, then follow up with a call or e-mail as soon as possible. When you follow up, restate your one-minute introduction and ask for an opportunity to meet again soon.

4. Volunteer. It’s a good chance to network and to feel good about yourself – always important during a job search. And you’ll probably encounter people who have it tougher than you, so you’re likely to be grateful for what you have.

Advice by Phone

Looking for a job? You’re not alone. Job cuts are expected to surpass 1 million in the U.S. by the end of 2008. Here’s a way to get some free professional advice.

Challenger, Gray and Christmas, a national outplacement consulting firm, will suspend normal operations Dec. 29 and 30 to take phone calls from anyone needing job search advice. The annual two-day national job search call-in will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The number to call (it’s not toll-free) is 312-332-5790.

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