It’s the most reflective time of the year – for employees and job-hunters alike.
It seems there’s something in the air around now that triggers our instinct to look back over our shoulder at the year that was. And then to look ahead, and draw up a wish list for Santa for the year to come.
At The Bagg Group, we’re not pretending to have a direct line to the North Pole. But we do have the inside scoop on how to write a wish list that the Big Man in Red can deliver on.
After all, having placed about 60,000 people happily in full-time, contract and temp jobs over our 40-plus year history, we qualify as Santa’s helpers.
So here are three things that all good job-hunters could ask for – and with confidence, count on receiving. (But of course, just as with toys, these take some effort to make them work.)
- More of what you’re good at.
Do you do something well, and genuinely enjoy the activity? If so, ask to do more of it in 2015.
But how can you guarantee this wish will be granted? By setting a goal to develop expertise in the activity you like. Make a deal with yourself to get better and better at it.
- From a staffing point of view, it’s worth it to develop mastery in anything –for many reasons. But notably, it’s impressive to be an expert in an area. It sets you apart from the rest.
- A better habit (or two).
Let’s face it, we’re all creatures of habit. Still, every now and then, something happens to shake us up. That something could be getting overlooked for a promotion, or not landing a job as quickly as expected.
That’s our cue to question the habits that aren’t working for us. For example, maybe you have a habit of not updating your linkedin, or not letting people know you’re looking for opportunities.
To be sure to get the gift of a new and improved habit, figure out what regular behavior is holding you back. Next, define what a better habit looks like – in detail. (As in, my new habit will be to post every 5 days.)
- This gift comes with small print: According to research, it takes two to eight months for a new behavior stick. This means you’ll have to continually remind yourself to practice the new habit for some time.
- A laugh-track
The research is definitive. Laughing increases endorphins to the brain, lessens anxiety, strengthens the immune system.
Whatever makes you smile, bring it on in 2015. It’s a good career move – people favour happy people in the workplace.
- These three wishes can significantly improve your year, and your job-hunt – that’s a tried-and-true finding of recruiters at Bagg Professional, Bagg Technology Resources (BTR), Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources(BMR), and Turn Key Staffing Solutions.
And by the way, since you now realize you are really your own Santa, you may be wondering if you’d like the gig professionally.
But be warned, it’s not all milk and cookies.
And it’s not so much a job, as a calling, according to Noerr Programs Corp, a company that sends Santas to malls across the US, and holds a four-day “Santa University” at every summer to train them.
As reported in the International Business Times, it takes more than a full beard and a plump belly to be a professional Santa.
For one thing, you need to know how to ho-ho-ho convincingly and stay jolly while sitting without chance to stroll around much for eight to 12 hours a day — in a very hot suit.
Proof positive that every job has its challenges, even Santa’s. Be careful what you wish for.