Bob Goldman
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If you're hoping to find a new job under the tree this year but think that the holiday season is not a good time for good boys and girls to look for work, you really need to think again. According to Charles Purdy of Monster.com, holiday time "'Tis the Season for Your Job Search."

How come? As Mr. Purdy explains, "at the end of the year, some companies rush to fill job openings that might otherwise be removed from next year's budgets." This is indeed excellent news. You could nab a job right now, and keep that job all the way to Jan. 1 when the new budget kicks in, and you get kicked out. Two weeks of work are better than none, and if you diligently spend your short time on the job pilfering office supplies to sell on eBay, you could sock away enough laptop computers and printer cartridges to last all the way to Easter.

Another person who thinks the holiday season is a prime season for job hunters is executive coach Roy Cohen. Cohen believes that "when other people take off from their job searching during the holidays, you're at an advantage should an opportunity surface."

This makes excellent sense. The fewer the applicants, the better you look. In fact, try to make your next interview appointment for midnight on New Year's Eve, when hardly anyone will be available, and even fewer will be sober. Trust me. After a few dozen celebratory Jell-O shots, you begin to look like a really good candidate.

The New Year's Eve interview strategy may seem a stretch, but Judi Perkins of FindthePerfectJob.com suggests "you should be prepared to interview at unusual times, to allow for a recruiter's hiring manager's busy holiday schedule." Ideally, you can find out when the interviewer is sitting down to Christmas dinner and just pop in. Even if you don't get a job, you could get a drumstick.

Taking advantage of the many philanthropic activities that spring up during the holidays is another excellent way to turn the season of giving into a big, fat opportunity for taking. Volunteering can be a great way to network, and, as coach Cohen says, "you'll meet other volunteers -- great people who, by nature, will want to help."

Just don't be afraid to take advantage of the situation or the warm feelings that surround selfless acts of charity. For example, every time you distribute a holiday basket of canned goods, throw in a resume. And no matter how heartbreaking the situations of the pitiful wretches you are helping, make sure everyone knows that your personal situation is much worse. "Sure, it's tough be homeless at Christmas," you could explain, "but I had cut back to basic cable."

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Bob Goldman

Bob Goldman is a business humor writer.

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