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How this curious elf can help your career

elf1‘Tis that time of year when thousands of families are placing and posing a watchful, mischievous elf on their shelves. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s look at how this relatively new tradition can inspire you in your quest to find a new job.

1. Embrace the excitement
Although this elf makes more work for mom and dad, kids are thrilled to search for it each morning. When was the last time you had that kind of enthusiasm? If you aren’t excited about pursuing a new role and all the possibilities it holds, who will be? Employers can sense when job seekers are just going through the motions. Tap into that elf-inspired energy for your search!

2. Would your resume be on the naughty or nice list?
Naughty resumes are boring, too long and include ho hum descriptions of what you did at your last job. Do you think the elf wants to tell Santa stories about bad girls and boys? Of course not! And, you shouldn’t be telling bad or boring stories either! Spice up your resume with accomplishments. This is your time to shine. Showcase (with percentages, statistics and other results-oriented bullets) what you did at your last job that made your company better.

3. See things from a different angle
The elf is mobile, always moving around to different places night after night. Follow his lead and don’t keep doing things the same way. You should be following more than one path in your search. Don’t just sit at the computer and apply to jobs. Get out there and attend events. Holiday time is the perfect time to meet, mix and mingle! This is also a good time to brush up on your elevator speech, practice your interview skills, volunteer for a good cause, etc.

4. You don’t have to be perfect
Do you think children are little angels the entire time the elf makes its appearance? If you’re a parent, you know the answer to that one. Yet, the elf gives kids the chance to do better and be better. You won’t be perfect in your job search. Every application is not going to hit the mark 100%. Yet, you need to keep trying, putting in your best effort and not giving up when the going gets tough. Your job search may be longer than the duration of the shelf on the elf’s appearance, but not to worry – you got this!

5. Remember what really matters
At the end of the day, “the scout elf returns to its family.” Don’t get so caught up in job search drama (and all the up and down emotions it entails) that you forget about friends and family.

Let us know how your job search is going – we’ll be watching 😉

Thank you for reading – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

Photo credit: Julie G.


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