13 Dec2015If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times.. “Are you ready for Christmas?” What does that mean exactly? My immediate answer is; “No !” Some of you will be thinking Humbug. To the contrary, I am a very generous person. I’m generous with my time, with money and I’m thoughtful. I give to charities, I give to all sorts of people. What I can’t stand, is the virtual pressure that exists with the word Christmas. I’m not religious. It’s my time of year to switch off. It’s the only holiday I take all year, unless we have snow. I don’t enjoy all that goes with this period; traffic jams, car park queues, christmas songs in shops and restaurants, people getting drunk, greed, self indulgence, drink-driving, abandoned dogs, adverts for homeless charities etc. Why can’t there be a campaign for homeless charities all year round? Why do people buy dogs and abandon them after Christmas? Why do couriers work until 10/11pm delivering parcels during December? Am I alone in my thoughts and frustrations? No fighting for a cheap Turkey this year, I bought one in the reduced section from M&S at £8.50 which will be fine once defrosted, unless I fancy just Veg. Self employment on a small scale means no Christmas party. That’s a bonus. Who would I invite anyway? I could invite my clients or my 16,000 contacts, now that would be interesting. Call to Hotel; “Hello, do you have space to accommodate 16,000 people please, just for nibbles and drinks?” What about Job Searching at this time of year? All of the major jobs boards are inundated with new candidates. Usually on the back of some dreadful TV campaign. Need a Job? Register here and upload your CV for your new career, or something like that. How do you get noticed on a jobs board carrying 3,4,5,6, or 7 million CV’s? What do you know about Jobs Boards? Have you thought about the other side of Jobs Boards? The back-office bit, which recruiters subscribe and data mine. Think carefully about which jobs boards you use and in particular, think where your CV might end up. Remember, a recruiter will only usually take 6 seconds on average viewing your CV. They want to know where you live, your current job title, previous job titles and your industry. If this sparks interest, then they dig deeper. How long, where and doing what exactly and for whom. How do they contact you? Largely and because most recruiters are driven by numbers, they will email you. Make sure your email is correct. Christmas time is synonymous for changing mobile phones, so ensure you have the current mobile on your CV. There is no requirement to show age or married status. When searching for a job, think about which companies are in the sector you wish to join. Consider making a list of all companies. These can be found on the web with a little time and expertise. Alternatively, speak with an authoritative headhunter or recruiter. Once you know who you’d like to work for, start looking into who might consider you. Search Linkedin for the company and look who’s there in which role. Approach them. What’s the worst that can happen? It’s very easy to push buttons and apply for jobs. It’s a little like an amusement machine, sometimes you’ll win, others you’ll be in a spin and lose. If it’s housebuilding, I can help. For other sectors, find useful contacts and approach them. In the meantime, good luck and I wish you a healthy break.