No matter how much things change, some things stay the same. As all job-hunters know, it’s now standard practice to send your resumés and covering letters online.
But when it comes to holiday cards, there’s something to be said for old-time tradition of relying on Canada Post to deliver your greeting cards.
For younger job-seekers, the idea of stuffing an envelope and sticking on a stamp may seem crazy advice in the age of free electronic e-cards. True enough. For the many who have no reason to know, the price of the stamp nowadays is 61 cents. So mailing out a lot of greeting cards can be a bit of an investment.
Still, the holidays bring out the traditionalist in all of us. There’s no guarantee of course, but most people still like to open greeting card envelopes. Chances are people may be more tempted to open an envelope than an email greeting from a name that doesn’t ring a bell.
Consider sending a holiday card to everyone who interviewed you or helped you in your job search in any way. The greeting card is a great way to remind people who may not remember you that you are alive, well, and … available to work.
But keep in mind the following tips from recruiters at The Bagg Group.
At The Bagg Group, we foster great relationships with hiring managers. We have experience, having placed more 58,000 people in full-time positions, contract work, and temporary placements with the best companies in the GTA.
That’s why we say don’t confuse a holiday greeting with a hard-core pitch for work. Keep it subtle.
- Instead of smuggling a resume into your card, just write a very short update on what you’ve been doing of interest.
Include one to three sentences at most on your recent activities, and keep it positive. For example, you might mention that you wrapped up a contract successfully, or you have been enjoying getting involved in an exciting volunteer project or new studies.
- If you’re sending a card to someone who interviewed you, assume they won’t remember your name.
Include a short reminder of your last contact. For example, “I really enjoyed my interview with you last May when you were looking for an account director. I remember you had many exciting initiatives on the horizon. I wish you and your team all the best for continued success into 2013.”
- Include a business card. If you have one, use it. If you don’t, write your email address under your signature. Again, you can’t be sure if this will help your search, but you can be certain it won’t hurt it.
- When you don’t know what occasion someone celebrates, play it safe: A more generic Happy Holidays or New Year’s greeting is the way to go unless you know for certain that the recipient celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.
If you missed the mailing for the Christmas week, a New Year’s card is just as good.
And from all of us at The Bagg Group, Happy Holidays to you.