These help sustain careers & find talent!
Historically, the last two months of a calendar year are seen as 'slow' hiring months--holidays take over folks attention, including recruiters, HR managers, and managers needing to make the new hires. But getting people together, both candidates and the group that will interview the candidates, can be difficult.
One tip I give every year about this time is to be the more diligent in your networking. Few people with steady incomes are 'ungracious' at Thanksgiving time or want to 'play Scrooge' as Christmas and New Year's approaches. I was reminded of this recently by an EaRN Work Search Roundtabler (actually, a former Roundtable) who just landed a new position with a great manufacturer that is growing; "yes, Mildred, there are manufacturers in the USA that are doing well") after a long transition period.
I asked Jim what advice would he give others still looking. His response, in his typically succinct fashion, was this:
Jim and the Cards experiences are pertinent to all of us year-round, and particularly so during the mid-November to mid-January time period. Jesus words again should be ringing in our minds, "Do for others as you would have them do for you" (Matthew 7:12), including sharing this blog entry with someone else this holiday season. Winston Churchill seems to have internalized Jesus' command and shared it another way: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Be about "making a life" throughout the holidays and into 2012, for in so doing, you will find new work. There are EaRN affiliated ministries prepared to help you do just that!
[*= Like of myself as self-employed]
-Ken Soper, MA, MDiv, NCCC, MCC
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