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New Year, New Job! 101 Top Tips from Job-Hunt Experts for Your Holiday Job Search: How to Use the Holidays to Advance Your Job Search (NETability's Online Job Search Guides Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Susan P Joyce , Meg Guiseppi
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Book Description

Most job seekers think that “the holidays” at the end of the year are not a good time for a job search, so they take a holiday from their job hunting. Big mistake! The year-end holidays can be the BEST time to job hunt, MUCH better than January, because employers are trying to be fully staffed before the New Year.

During the holidays, fewer people are job hunting even though employers don't stop trying to fill their jobs, so holiday job seekers face less competition. With so many more people waiting until January to re-start their job hunting, the competition is much tougher AFTER the holidays!

§ Only 3% more jobs were filled in January and February of 2013 (vs. November and December of 2012). AND it is very likely that MANY of those job offers made in January were based on interviews that happened in November and December.

§ Only 1% more jobs were open in January and February of 2013 (vs. November and December of 2012).

In this short – but packed – ebook, Richard N. Bolles (author of "What Color Is Your Parachute?") offers his special holiday job search tip in the book's Foreword. Then, 26 of the job search and career experts who write columns for jobs portal have contributed their tips for helping job seekers successfully continue their job search during the year-end holidays, from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day in the USA.

These are short nuggets of advice, easily digestible, and categorized by the kind of problem or issue job seekers face during the holidays, including:
• Beat the Blahs
• Handle Those Awkward Questions and Conversations
• Pre-Party Prep and Planning
• Painless In-Person and Social Networking

Special tips for Veterans and college students are also provided.

While these tips will help you through the year-end holidays, many will also come in handy during the rest of the year during other holiday events, networking opportunities, and anyone's typical job search.

In addition to Dick Bolles, the 26 experts contributing their tips to this book are (in alphabetical order): Jason Alba, Diane Hudson Burns, Dr. Jan Cannon, Laura DeCarlo, Dr. Kate Duttro, Parmelee Eastman, Megan Fitzgerald, Wendy Gelberg, Don Goodman, Meg Guiseppi, Stephen Hinton. Rosalind Joffe, Susan P. Joyce, Laura Labovich, Carol McClelland, Jeff Lipschultz, Hannah Morgan, Phyllis Mufson, Camille Roberts, Nan S.Russell, Barbara Safani, Miriam Salpeter, Laura Smith-Proulx, Harry Urschel, Joshua Waldman, and Daisy Wright.

Product Details

  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: NETability, Inc.; 5 edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A93TBXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely Useful December 10, 2013
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Let me say first that I am personally familiar with Susan Joyce. I have been impressed with her Job-Hunt website for many years now and have discussed issues of finding a job and dealing with layoff stress with her. When I saw that she had this ebook available on how to best utilize the holiday time period to improve job hunting chances, I immediately bought a copy.

Once again Susan shines in her knowledge and the way she presents information. This collection of tips is useful and can be put into practical action.

It's important to note that this is an organized collection of tips. Some books are step-by-step manuals of what to do. Others give you tips to learn from. This book is definitely of the latter variety. That means some tips might seem like common sense to you while others are that one gem you desperately needed to land the perfect job. It could be that the item you felt was common sense, to someone else that was the perfect gem that helped THEM. That's the beauty of these types of books. We all need help - and we tend to all need help in different areas. You read through and find the items that speak to you.

So many people give up on job hunting during the holidays, and clearly this is a big mistake. Susan lays out why. There is less competition during the holiday period. Many companies are wrapping up their financial year and need to get those hires done before December 31st. Some are pushing to hire for tax reasons.

The tips are great. For example, the ebook recommends setting up a camera - even a cameraphone will do fine - and recording yourself doing mock interviews in your full interview clothing. This will help you note tics and other behavior which you can smooth out before you go live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book May 27, 2013
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I work in the career coaching industry and found this book helpful to my clients. An easy read and lots of good tips to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Job hunt tool March 21, 2013
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Good advice for anytime of year. Christmas is a perfect time to reconnect and I have seen the benefit of this. Wishing someone Merry Christmas is a welcomed gift and not seen as being pushy.
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More About the Author

As someone who has been through 2 layoffs and several career changes, Susan P. Joyce understands the pain that results and is passionate about helping job seekers understand how to smartly and safely navigate the Internet to find new jobs as quickly as possible.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps with several years in HR and many years as a web developer, Susan has a relatively unique perspective, particularly about online job search.

Currently, Susan is a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, manages the Job-Hunt Help LinkedIn Group, speaks about online job search to job clubs and other groups, and writes about online job search for,,, and

Her first book is "How to Find a Job Using Craigslist." She also co-edited "New Year, New Job!" More books are in the works.

Susan's @JobHuntOrg Twitter account has been selected by Mashable,, AOL Jobs, and (PBS), as a top account for job search and careers.

Susan's company, NETability, Inc., owns and operates 2 websites focused on providing free help to job seekers looking for help using the Internet smartly and safely to find a job. BOTH sites were selected for inclusion in the 2013 Forbes Top 100 Websites for Your Career:

1. Job - (
This site is a free online jobs portal with thousands of links and hundreds of articles to help job seekers smartly and safely find new jobs.

2. (
This site is Susan's blog, also a free source of expert advice on smartly and safely finding new jobs.

Join Susan's LinkedIn Group ( to learn more about online job search and to interact with Susan, other experts, and other job seekers, dealing with the day-to-day problems of job hunting.

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