Toronto, Canada (PressExposure) December 14, 2009 -- For the thousands of people searching for work as the year draws to a close, there is hope in knowing that the holiday season is the best time of the year to land a job, according to Terry Szwec, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, at international human capital management company Felix Global Corp.
âCalendars are emptier, hearts more generous, and most importantly, busy people are more relaxed, having stopped travelling, so they will be more approachable for appointments and lunch dates. The holidays are an excellent time to build, maintain, and nurture personal relationships,â Szwec says.
Szwec says a job search campaign requires great planning, organization, and an effective and focused strategy to achieve success in today's job market. The old adage "your network is your net worth" rings true when you consider that over 80% of the time you will be successful in landing your job through networking. And the holiday season is the most effective time to network.
The top three reasons, according to Szwec, why job-hunters are successful are:
1. Preparation of the campaign target and career choice, organizing your campaign, and the target networks. Who are your 1, 2 and 3 targets? 2. Research regarding the market, the organizations you would like to target, and the career objective(s) that you are seeking. 3. Practiced and Skilled in handling both the information and job interviews. Content, style and personality of the job seeker and using a more structured approach in handling the interview, are important factors.
And he offers a number of tips to give job-seekers that edge during the holidays.
1. Know your Goals. The number one reason job seekers are unsuccessful is that they do not know what they want. Be clear and focused, and eliminate running a fragmented job campaign.
2. The Best Convincer Wins the Top Job. Hone and sharpen your convincing skills. It is often not the best person who wins, but the candidate who knows how to market and sell themselves effectively.
3. Network. Network. Network. Since over 80% of successful job seekers land their dream jobs through contacts that they have made and strategically developed over the years, you need to develop and work your network. Create a target list and ask everyone you know for advice and information to support your personal marketing plan. Also attend and/or hold holiday get togethers, send greetings, and reach out to former colleagues and friends.
4. Marketing 101 Rules! Research your marketplace, cruise the internet for trends and new directions, take relevant courses. Learn how to market yourself through books and articles and talk to the experts to learn their secrets. "Storyboard" your vision, goals, objectives, strategies, plans and activities that should include three areas in your target, your ideal position, and your landing date. If you need help, consider calling a consultant! After this important work is completed, you are then ready with your marketing plan to chart and benchmark your success.
5. Information and Referral Meetings. Know your A-B-Cs. The As include people you know. Meet with them and tell them what you are researching, have them refer you to B contacts or bridging contacts, which will lead you to your C contacts -- the people that can make decisions that lead you to your next job.
6. Avoid Dreadful Interviews. Always be prepared by rehearsing your âelevator script.â Include a few sentences about who you are and your objective. Practice tough interview questions, videotape your session, and critique it. Practice with a friend or a coach who can help you improve by critiquing your interview strengths and weaknesses.
7. Ace the Interview! Fully research the company and diagnose its organizational challenges, understanding how to align its needs -- with what you can offer. Be the aspirin for their pain.
8. Be Authentic. Interviewers will advance you to the next step if you are able to build a sense of trust. Be natural, build a relationship through the interview and ensure that references and resumes are all reliable and trust enhancing.
9. Always Thank the Individual. Ensure that you have thanked your interviewer or networking contact. Promptly send a voice mail, a personal note or a letter.
10. Smoothly Transition into your New Position. To be a success in your NEW job, be credible, make a contribution, and be a good communicator.
By identifying what you have to offer, what you need to do and know to stay competitive, marketing yourself, and preparing and planning, your job search will be a success, Szwec says.
âWhen preparation meets opportunity, success will follow.â
For more information, please visit the FelixÂ® Global Corp. website at http://www.felixglobal.com or call Heather Riddell at 1-877-789-7023.