Archive for December, 2014

Resolutions (Revisited)

Photo 57 (2)The New Year is a time when people look back and assess or “recap” their past experiences. We look at accomplishments and our lifestyle, but we also look at our past/current employment status.

In the past, I have lived through periods of end-of-year and New Year’s unemployment. During that stage of unemployment, I was filled with unnecessary anxiety and fear. Trying to achieve all of my goals simultaneously was overwhelming, and as a result I approached everything incorrectly! If I knew then what I know now, my New Year resolutions would have been much more strategic. Let me explain.
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Happy Holidays!

It’s December, that time of year when bells are ringing, homes and businesses are festively decorated, people are bustling to finish their shopping, family and community events are happening all around and the sounds of holiday music float through the air everywhere you go. It’s a magical time!

I am well aware that not everyone agrees with me, especially individuals who find themselves looking for employment at this time of year. So, to help ease the minds of people who are not quite so jolly about the holidays, let’s revisit a few tips from Christmases past:
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Twelve Days of Job Searching

DavidOne of my favorite Christmas songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I have written the words to the song below and have taken a bit of poetic license in changing the lyrics so we can use them as a memory tool to help remember the important parts of a successful job search campaign. The song can be sung in any key you desire. Very unintentionally, I change keys quite often while singing.

And-a-one, and-a-two . . .
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Stress Takes a Holiday

””Being unemployed at any time of year can be a difficult journey, which may negatively affect an individual’s health and attitude. Area residents who find themselves out of work during the holiday season may be especially anxious and stressed. With this in mind, it’s important to learn how to cope with stress during the holiday season.
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What are Seasonal Jobs?

JoAnn KawamotoIt’s that time of year again! That mad rush of retailers to hire extra employees in anticipation of the best time of the year for product sales… But wait, there’s more to seasonal jobs than just ringing up a “Merry Christmas!”
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