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Job Seekers – 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas is a funny time of the year for job seekers – It can be a welcome distraction from one’s job search, however it can be very frustrating as Companies shelve recruitment plans until the New Year. As a job seeker there is a temptation to take the foot off the gas and postpone everything until January.

Chritsmas time -  a fantastic opportunity to plan for the New Year and put yourself in pole position for a job in 2010.

Whilst I can understand this approach, I think the month of December is a fantastic opportunity to plan for the New Year and put yourself in pole position for a job in 2010.
Treat yourself right this Christmas and look after yourself. I tried to rewrite the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, but it read and sounded awful.

So instead of giving you a headache here are 12 presents you should give yourself this Christmas:
1.    Take time out to review your cv. Spend time making it look as enticing to employers as you can.
2.    Give yourself an upbeat and positive attitude this Christmas. You will no doubt meet many friends and family during the festive season….be the shining star and not the Bah Humbug! You will feel happier and people will gravitate towards you.
3.   Set Goals for 2010. Look at what you want to achieve in the next year and commit your thoughts to paper. Write goals in many areas of your life – work, family, social, educational, money etc.  Commit to reading your goals every week in 2010.

4.   Throw out as many limiting beliefs over the Christmas period as you can.  Change those beliefs into new empowering ones. “I believe I will get the job that I have always wanted and that I will have more money than ever before.”
5.    Give yourself a LinkedIn makeover. Make sure your profile is 100% complete.  Ask contacts to recommend you and join relevant groups.
6.    Make a list of companies you would like to work for and decide how you can proactively approach them in the New Year. Research them on the internet and see if anyone in your network can give you advice.
7.    Network – Use this festive season as an opportunity to convey in an upbeat and positive manner what you are looking for work wise and ask friends and family to keep an eye out for you.
8.    Give yourself some business cards this Christmas. Never miss an opportunity to make a connection again. Business cards should include your name, area of expertise, telephone number, email and LinkedIn url. Business cards can be purchased for as little as €20 for 250 from companies like vistaprint and
9.    If you do not have it already get yourself a good Broadband connection. The job market is challenging enough out there, so ensure you have the right pc tools for your job search.

Set goals in many areas of your life.

Set goals in many areas of your life.

10.    Make sure that you have a phone with a good call plan or plenty of call credit this Christmas. You will need it to be a proactive job seeker in the New Year.
11.   Update your business wardrobe.  If you have a few pennies left in your pocket, hit the sales and get yourself some new clothes that will “wow” at interviews. If you don’t have money to splurge on the sales, take all your business clothes to the Dry Cleaners and have them cleaned, pressed and ready for interview.
12.    Get yourself a good inspirational book this Christmas. Take the time you have to read something inspiring and get in the mood for success in 2010.

What action do you think should be embraced this Christmas? Or do you think it should be a time for a job seeker to take a complete break?

Greg is a Social Media trainer and workshop facilitator with the Digital Marketing Institute. He has also delivered lectures and short courses for leading organisations including SureSkills, and The Michael Smurfit Business School. Greg also works with the Ahain Group as a Social Business Consultant. He believes that in order to make social media work for your business you must have a clear business goal, a clearly defined strategy and make sure that everything you do is measureable. Specialities include: Social Media Training | Personal Branding |Social Business Consultancy | Social Strategy Workshops | Interview Techniques | Psychometric Profiling | LinkedIn Training | Facebook Training | Twitter Training | Blogging | Online Video and You Tube Training | Emerging Social Media (Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+ etc.) More information at: and

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  • Excellent post Greg. I would encourage all the job seekers to take this break to empower themselves. Also, given the current climate, there will be no room for holiday blues after the break for almost anyone, meaning that whoever is on track will kick-start the year Monday 4th hitting the ground running.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a jobseeker, but will be looking to create strong relationships with companies who will supply a more regular flow of work. For that reason, I will be adapting at least three tips. Looks like business cards are going to be part of my Christmas arsenal.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the comments Derbhile and Facundo. Thanks for pointing out Derbhile that many of the 12 points can be applied to us all. Good luck with those business cards! Have a lovely weekend:)

  • Super post Greg, I agree with Derbhile that many of these Tips are relevant to anyone looking to build relationships.

  • Sarai

    Excellent tips. I have already started to do some of them, but Christmas holidays will be a perfect time to do all the other things I’m not doing yet!

  • Anonymous

    Sarai and Niall thanks for your comments. Sarai good luck putting these steps into action and in the words of Walt Disney – “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

  • Anonymous

    Greg, thanks for this, I feel it is not a time to take a break but certainly to focus on what can be achieved in 2010! It has been a very difficult year, I have many years of experience as a qualified solicitor and have found it difficult to get a job in my chosen field. With these words of wisdom though I certainly feel a little more positive!


  • Anonymous


    With such a positive attitude I am sure it will not be too long before you find the right job. Good Luck and I hope you have a happy Christmas.

    Kind Regards,


  • cool post Greg. In contribution to the last point about the “inspirational book” I’ll go ahead a recommend two great ones:

    1) “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell: this guys analyses the main success stories behind big personalities like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, the Beatles as a band… You’ll realise that everything comes down to PRACTICE. There no “geniuses” behind it..

    2) “Crush it” by Gary Vaynerchuk: Gary is the super energetic guy behind the Wine Library but better know worldwide as “Gary”. This book will give you some great advice about how easy is to effectively invest hours on something that you’re passionate about an tell the world for FREE using social media.


  • Greg, great post.
    A nice mixture of practical and empowering ways to maintain the job search and even for business owners, the message is similar 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Elaine and Fred for your comments.Have heard some great things about “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk. It is on my Santa wish list;)

  • You know Greg I was only thinking about it the other day, been more proactive during the christmas break
    so I would be able to hit the ground running in January and I must say I enjoyed your article it has given me that extra incentive, thank you, Happy Christmas to you and yours & heres to a positive 2010


  • Anonymous

    Thanks John. Glad you found the article of use. Have a great productive Christmas and wishing you a successful and happy 2010.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with your 12 tips Greg, One Needs to stay focussed, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves over the Christmas period it’s just a matter of getting the balance right and not letting every thing slide onto the back burner until we are into January. Be ready to hit the ground running come the first week of 2010

  • Good post Aileen and good tips re the financial information we should be checking each week in order to keep an eye on cashflow

    woo hoo! got a mention here – see the Bill Clinton section

  • Great work man.

  • happy to see your post..

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