1. The problems caused by vacancies in important positions don’t go on vacation during the holiday season.
2. Hiring authorities, like most people, are usually in a better mood around the holidays.
3. Most job hunters go into hibernation during December, so there’s much less competition for alert people in the job market.
4. Hiring authorities are more likely to be receptive to a direct offer to be of service, and less inclined to reflexively refer all matters related to filling job openings to HR.
5. Hiring authorities are likely to be flexible and less stringent about things that they might usually consider critical qualifications, e.g., age — especially if they are gently reminded of this wisdom: “Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.” –Bernard Baruch
6. Most hiring authorities will take the time to read a well-crafted letter sent directly to them — especially one that tells them about how you can help them.
You may not get a job offer during the holiday season, but you might well get the next best thing: an invitation to meet with hiring authorities.
Remember: Do not include a resume with your letter. Wait until you are contacted and if they ask you to send it, then do so at that time.
Tom Kellum is a job hunting consultant, helping people's dreams come true since 1987. He specializes in providing a personal job-landing service based on proven marketing strategies and methods. For more information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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