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Work In Progress: ‘After the holidays’ is here
By DANIELLE BERKOWITZ
10/10/2012
With High Holy Days been and gone, it’s time to get serious about the job search and focus on achieving results.
 
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“After the holidays” is a common Israeli expression. It refers to the time to get back to business and get things done. With Simchat Torah behind us, the year has come full circle. We begin anew. For job seekers it’s the perfect time to refresh the job search.

Straight shot

Make a fresh start. Begin with a blank page. To gain a different perspective, write out new goals and a resume from scratch. Keep a laser sharp focus when writing the resume, aimed at the specific field and job type. Concentrate on unique experiences and talents you can bring to the job. Compare the new pages to the old ones and combine the best of each.

An array of avenues

Use a variety of resources in the job search. While careful aim with a single target in mind is necessary when crafting a resume, it’s vital that job seekers approach the search from as many angles as possible. Online job boards and social media  are only some of the options available. Engage personal networks and communities as well.

To strengthen personal networks, reach out to professors and old colleagues, find a mentor and get involved socially with neighborhood synagogues or schools. Volunteering with local organizations is a great way to meet people and stay active.

Newcomer? Jump in

For those just starting the job search, “after the holidays” is the perfect time to jump in. Many new arrivals worry about the job market and a lack of language. Use your mother tongue, as well as other languages you may speak, to your advantage.

There is plenty of demand for native speakers. Keep an open mind to all opportunities, even those in other fields. Consider jobs that are part time or freelance that will leave time to take an Ulpan. Experience in Israel and a basic understanding of Hebrew are important to fully assimilate.

Most importantly, don’t set obstacles for yourself. Stay optimistic and realistic. Keep an organized list or spreadsheet of jobs that have been applied to, including companies, names, emails and phone numbers, as well as when to follow up. Everyone is busy getting back to business after the holidays, so do not let your resume get lost in the shuffle.

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