How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

While many people like to spend the holidays lying on a couch watching TV, others take the opportunity to make some extra cash. Businesses always need additional staff during the holiday season, which makes it a great time to look for work — especially if you don’t have much experience and are just starting out in your career. Whether this is your first job hunt or you’re a seasoned seasonal worker, here’s what you should keep in mind.

Choosing a Job

When it comes to looking for work, many people like to just apply for every available job. However, this is not necessarily a smart use of your time. It is a much better idea to narrow down what you’d like to do and focus on that area. You can then expand your scope as the job hunt continues. It’s a good idea to start as soon as possible, as companies start hiring for the holidays in the fall, and being proactive may place you ahead of the curve.

Don’t think that the only holiday job is retail. There are plenty of other high-paying seasonal jobs available, so take a minute to think outside the box. If you’re still struggling to come up with ideas, this article has some great tips on how to think like a seasonal job hunter.

Also, consider whether getting a holiday job is the best choice for you. There are several advantages, but are you willing to spend most of the holidays working? Getting a seasonal job is a big responsibility, so make sure you understand both the pros and cons before applying.

Sending Resumes

For many people, creating and sending resumes is the most frustrating part of job hunting. However, it really doesn’t have to be the case. As long as your resume looks professional, it can be enough to land you a good job. That said, it’s a good idea to check out sample resumes for different industries to see what you should be aiming for.

If a cover letter is required and you’re applying to loads of jobs, you should at least create different templates for different types of work — say, one for serving and one for retail. If there’s a job that you are really passionate about, write a separate cover letter from scratch — employers can usually tell the difference, and it can set you apart.

The Interview

If the resume stage has gone well, you will be invited to an interview. This is usually the scariest part, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience being interviewed, but it’s actually a lot more straightforward than you might imagine. Jobs in each industry tend to ask more or less the same questions, so prepare by writing down your answers to them.

Some interview questions are kind of tricky, especially around the holidays. This is because companies want to hire someone who seems committed but is still only willing to work for a few weeks. Monster has some great advice on how to deal with these holiday curveballs.

Finally, don’t be discouraged. Job hunting can be a tedious process, but it is one of the most important skills you can develop. Looking for work during the holidays is great practice, and you are more or less guaranteed to find something if you follow these tips and don’t give up. It will all be worth it when you get your first paycheck.

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The Fiscal Fight Against Disability Debt

Whether you were born with a disability or have recently been disabled following a recent illness or injury, good money management is of paramount importance. The cost of disabled living can be demanding even for those lucky enough to still be able to carry on with their jobs and careers after their disabilities manifest. If left unchecked, this can lead to a disability debt spiral which can be ruinous to one’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Financial wellness is one of many areas in which the disabled find that they have to work a little harder than their able bodies counterparts, especially when disability insurance claims are rejected or insurers place caps on how much you can earn while claiming. Whether you work on a freelance basis or for an employer, here are some ways in which you can improve your financial health and ease the psychological, emotional and logistical stranglehold that disability debt can have on your life and work…

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Talk to a lawyer if your disability insurance claim is rejected

It can be an extremely dispiriting experience when one’s disability insurance claim is denied. It can even lead the claimant to question whether they are suffering from a bona fide disability. In ,many cases, however, just because a claim has been rejected doesn’t mean that a claimant does not have legitimate grounds for a claim. In most cases it helps to have an attorney check over your claim and / or launch an appeal on your behalf. Check here to see how a dedicated long term disability lawyer can help you. When you know that you can claim that to which you are entitled this can ease the financial pressure on you and contribute enormously to your psychological well-being.

Find ways to save every day

While those in the disabled community face specific expenses and financial difficulties which their able-bodied counterparts do not, sometimes using the good old-fashioned saving techniques available to all of us can make a big difference. Clip coupons, look for voucher codes, take advantage of introductory offers, do free trials and find ways to save on the little things every day. All of these little savings add up to make a big difference by the end of the year!

Remember your tax deductions

Remember that when it comes to your taxes, disabled people may qualify for tax deductions, credits and income exclusions which may ease the burden placed upon you when saving for your taxes. It’s worth hiring an accountant to ensure that you claim for every expense incurred in your professional activities. Indeed, there may be many things which they can help you with that you were not aware that you could claim for. At the very least it behoves you to take a look at the IRS website and see what you may be entitled to.

Managing your debts

Finally, managing your debts is an important aspect of financial wellbeing. The simple truth is that for all but the most privileged of us, living debt-free in the 21st century is an unattainable pipe-dream. Debts can quickly spiral out of control when they all have different interest rates, all come out of your bank on different days of the month and can wreak havoc on your credit rating.

Consolidating your debts makes them much easier to manage as it replaces them with a single monthly payment with a set interest rates. Because a consolidation loan buys out all of your previous debts, it can also seriously boost your credit score!

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