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A Holiday Job Search Could Get You Your Next Job

Alison Turnbull By Alison Turnbull,
Delivery Manager at Eagle

A Holiday Job Search Could Get You Your Next JobWith mid-December upon us, many people are winding things down for the year and already feeling like they are in ‘vacation mode’.  If you happen to be between contracts or if you are actively seeking your next career move, there is no better time to keep up the search!

As noted in this Forbes article, “January is the toughest, most competitive and most crowded job market of the year — precisely because so many people stop job hunting during the holidays.”  While job activity does tend to drop off a bit in December, it’s often the best time to network, catch hard to reach people on the phone, or further develop a relationship with the agencies/recruiters you’ve been working with.

Here are a few tips to keep your job search active over the holidays.

  • Find holiday events or meetups to attend to increase your visibility and network.
  • Take some time to increase your LinkedIn connections by sending invitations to anyone you met with during the year prior.
  • Send holiday greetings to all of your contacts – it’s a great touch point. Request a follow up meeting in the New Year.
  • Look for opportunities to volunteer – it’s a great time of year to contribute to a worthy cause and you never know who’ll you meet!

All the best to you and yours for the holidays, and Happy Job Hunting!

18 Jobs You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Are you coming back from the long weekend feeling tired of working the same old boring job? Are you looking to spice things up with something fresh, fun and exciting?

In this Infographic, Big Assignments Australia shows us that there are many jobs out there to choose from, maybe even some that you did not know existed. From paper towel sniffer to a professional sleeper – who knows – you might just be qualified for one of these extraordinary professions! Or… maybe an IT contractor is still the best fit for you.

18 Jobs You Probably Didn't Know Existed


The Important Decision for New IT Professionals

As we learned from a recent Contractor Quick Poll, before becoming an independent contractor, almost all technology professionals start in a full-time role. At the earlier stages of that full-time job and their career in general, new techies often have to make the decision as to which IT job they want to have.

Very often, college and university programs provide a broad range of technology knowledge and a graduate leaves with a wide array of basic skills. From there, it’s up to the new professional to decide what they want to do with those skills and mold the rest of their career. As the infographic below from Computer Science Zone points out, there are many options including Software Developer/Computer Programmer, Database Administrator, Hardware Engineer, Systems Analyst, Network Architect, Web Developer, Information Security Analyst, Systems Manager or IT Support.

If you’re new in the tech world and exploring where to take your career, have a look at the information below and see if any of these roles click for you. If you’re an experienced IT professional, do you have any further suggestions for a new comer? If so, please let them in the comments below.

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Source: ComputerScienceZone.org