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What are you fixin’ to do this holiday season? Relaxing? Priming a turkey? Watching football? How about preparing your job search? No? Related: #1 Thing You Haven’t Considered In Your Job Hunt You see, many job seekers think the holiday season is a time to ‘refrigerate’ their job search campaign. They are mistaken. In fact, the holiday season is the perfect time for you to thaw your job search tools, prep, dial up the heat, and get cooking! While most job seekers will join you in re-launching their job search around… January, with our holiday job search recipe, you will stay ahead of your competition (because you are just that smart!). So, leave the turkey roasting to your significant other (help just a little) and work on your own dish this holiday season. Here's what you will need for your holiday job search preparation:

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Let’s face it: the holiday season in the U.S. can be so blessed and wonderful, but if you are in the middle a painful time in your life, it can be even more than we can bare. So, how do you get through a holiday job search? As my husband goes through his transition, I actually dread this time of year. One, for the social commitments I may or may not want to attend to; and two, for the pressure of gift giving, especially when there is no money for gifts and I love to give. It hurts not being able to give to family and friends. I hate it. But with my frustrations comes time with family and friends, that is humbling and truly blessed. Just being together to share triumphs and tragedies from the past year and plan to a hopeful future for the year to come. How blessed that is.

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It’s that time of year again, when job seekers think they may as well stop looking for a job throughout the holiday season. No one will be hiring anyway, so you may as well take the rest of the year off, right? Not true, according to HR and job search experts. Although some companies may have no budget left for hiring, others still have openings they need to fill by the end of the fiscal year. That means it’s unwise to assume a company won’t be bringing on new candidates unless they announce a hiring freeze. The savvy career searcher maintains job hunt momentum throughout the holiday season and finds fresh ways to leverage networking to open doors with hiring employers. After all, there are increased opportunities to network offline throughout this period, and each event you attend offers the gift of connecting with people you haven’t met or haven’t met in awhile. As you launch your own holiday networking campaign, make sure you avoid these “naughty” tactics and follow the 'Nice' holiday networking tips instead.

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It's that time of the year again - when the leaves change from green to a rainbow of fall colors, and your lattes become a flavoring of pumpkin then turn into gingerbread spice. That’s right, the holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to plan. But instead of sitting around cooking your heart out and watching “A Christmas Story” 42 times, how about getting a little adventurous this holiday season and travelling outside your comfort zone? What to do? Well, we have you covered, and today we will sprinkle you with some fun adventurous alternatives to your usual holiday activities. Here are some ideas for better work-life balance during the holidays:

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