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Vol. 16, Issue 49 - Week of December 4, 2017

Step up your job hunt during the holidaysAbridged: Forbes

CHICAGO, IL -- Taking a break until the New Year is tempting, but you could be missing out on the perfect job opportunity. For one thing, since fewer people are actively looking, you have less competition. Sometimes you can wow a prospective employer just by showing up.

Most job seekers hit the pause button during the holidays. But this can be "the perfect time" to expand your network and find a new job. For example, one job candidate dropped everything on Christmas Eve and drove to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport to meet with a hiring manager who happened to be passing through and had a two-hour layover. The interviewer was so impressed by the candidate's willingness to sacrifice his time on the night before Christmas, he hired the guy on the spot.

Additionally, most people are in a better mood at this time of year. If you've tried and failed to get an interview with a company where you'd like to work, try again now. Plenty of employers who have been unusually slow to bring new people on board in the first three quarters of 2017 may now be up against a deadline. Some companies know they need to hire for the first of the year, and hiring managers have been putting it off for months. So they're motivated to get the process rolling.

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