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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Get Hired at the Holidays


December feels like a terrible month to do just about anything but wrap presents and eat holiday cookies, but if you’re looking for work right now, you can’t afford to wait until a less crazy time of year to make things happen. The good news is that even though you might not feel like engaging in a job search right now, companies are interested in hiring – despite what you might have heard about the holiday season being a lousy time to interview. Find tips on making the most of your holiday job search, plus warning signs that your job is about to become obsolete and advice on how to encourage a culture of creativity at work, in this week’s roundup.


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Alison Doyle at Job Searching: Holiday Job Searching Tips

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“Contrary to popular opinion, this is a good time of year to find a job,” Doyle writes. “Employers don’t stop hiring just because it’s the holidays. In addition, the holiday season is a perfect time of year to network your way to a new job.”

If the word “networking,” makes you cringe, never fear; Doyle’s tips remind you that networking is really just another way of describing what you’re probably doing anyway this time of year. By being a little more conscious of opportunities, you can make the most of those holiday parties and card exchanges and make progress in your career while you enjoy the season.

Penelope Trunk at her blog: Warning Signs Your Job Is About to Become Obsolete

Penelope Trunk’s 10-year-old son used to get paid (in Minecraft stuff) to make intros for his friends’ YouTube channels. Then free intro templates appeared and he found himself out of a job. Sound familiar? In today’s economy, even kids can lose their jobs to technology. Learn what he (and you) can look out for next time, here.

Anita Bruzzese at The Fast Track: Why Team Creativity Wanes and How to Boost It

“Innovative companies often grow rapidly, dazzling customers with creative ideas,” Bruzzese writes. “The bottom line begins to reflect that success, and the organization’s teams receive a jolt of confidence. Then, it happens. The creativity starts to wane. The profits are less robust. What’s going wrong? Surprisingly, a new study reveals the problem may be self-confidence and growth.”

The issue is that successful teams often want to do what they’ve always done, because it’s worked in the past. Find the solution, at Bruzzese’s post.

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