How to Job Search During the Holidays

How to Job Search During the Holidays

career coaching, job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART The holiday season is here, and every year around this time we get questions from our clients who are in career transition about what this means for them. One of the biggest questions we get is whether any hiring happens this time of year, and the answer to that is a definite yes! But while hiring happens year round, it does tend to slow down around the holidays, and it can be discouraging to see fewer new jobs being posted and to get so many out of office replies to your networking outreach. But that doesn't mean you should take a time out from your job search during the holidays; that's a mistake that will come back to bite you in January. Instead, think about how you can…
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What If We All Stopped “Networking”?

What If We All Stopped “Networking”?

job search, networking
BY ERIN EWART As we approach Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to write about one of the scariest topics out there for many job seekers: networking. This is one of the biggest things we focus on with our clients, and it’s especially relevant this time of year, when there’s so much hiring activity going on and the calendar is full of conferences and events. There’s so much to say about networking, and today I want to focus on demystifying the process and helping overcome some of the negative perceptions out there. For many people, the idea of networking feels "icky", transactional, or intimidating. And understandably so, if you think about it solely as a means to getting your next job. I felt that way too when I first started…
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Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

job search, LinkedIn, networking, resume, strategy
BY ERIN EWART There’s something about the start of a new season that energizes me to finally tackle nagging chores and start with a clean slate. I especially feel this way at the start of fall: no matter how old I get, the start of a new school year is exciting and feels like a chance to start fresh. Fall is also a peak time for hiring, so there’s no better time to dust off your job search strategy and materials and spend some time cleaning house. Take the 10 steps below to refresh your job search approach and materials for fall, whether you’re actively job searching or not. Either way, it’s wise to make these updates a few times per year to ensure you’re staying current and prepared in case…
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Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART How to use your time off to boost your job search The holidays are here! After a busy and tumultuous few months, it’s finally time for a break. You may be dreaming about a schedule that doesn’t involve much more than eating and drinking, football watching, and general relaxing. But if you’re thinking about a career transition, I encourage you to spend some of this time on your job search. I can imagine the eye rolls as you read that, but hear me out! I’m not suggesting that you dredge up the resume from six years ago that you still haven’t updated or spend your break writing cover letters. Because who wants to do that on vacation?!  But there are a few things you’ll be uniquely positioned to…
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What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART After weeks or months of devoted networking, you’ve finally gotten an introduction to the perfect person at the place you’re dying to work. You dash off a thoughtful yet brief request to meet, and wait eagerly for a response. Days go by, then a week, and nothing. Your excitement and hope are fading fast, and your vision of an entry point to your chosen organization seems to be dashed. Now what? We’ve all been in this situation (yes, me too!). Sometimes, despite your diligent research and perfectly crafted emails, you don’t hear back. I often get questions about what to do in this scenario, so here are some tips: 1. Always follow up - people are busy and we all get too many emails. Not a great excuse,…
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4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Summer is finally here! As you prep for beach and barbecue season, it can be tempting to let your job search slide. Everyone else is on vacation, so why shouldn’t you be? But here are 4 reasons that summer is actually a great time for your job search. 1. You can take advantage of downtime. Summer tends to be a slower time in the workplace overall, so people have more time to do things they may not otherwise be able to fit in - like meet with you! Networking is the foundation of your job search, so double down on your efforts and talk to as many people as you can. Set goals for yourself and track your progress to keep your motivation and accountability high. Been meeting with…
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