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October 31, 2006 13:45 ET

Cracking The Holiday Job Myth: Online Tools Help Students Land Jobs During the Holiday Season

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Collegiate Presswire - October 31, 2006) - The holidays are approaching fast and your checking account is running on empty. Thinking about scaring up some work this holiday season? The good news is that landing a job could be a lot easier than you think.

Many believe that finding a job during the holiday season is next to impossible. Think again. It turns out that we're now entering the second largest hiring season of the year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 million people were hired during the holiday season in 2005. Whether you're graduating in December to become a full-time wage slave or are looking for a part-time gig to score some extra cash, there's good news - employers need you.

As you fire up your job search, one site you don't want to miss is Simply Hired ( This search engine checks thousands of different Web sites for jobs - it's the "Google of job search." You can filter your results to see precisely what you're looking for - part-time jobs or internships, for example, or jobs with eco-friendly companies. Simply Hired also helps you research salaries for the jobs that interest you most and can connect you with others who work at a company that intrigues you so that you have the "inside track."

"Choosing a job is one of the most important decisions people face," said Phil Carpenter, Simply Hired's vice president of marketing. "Our goal is to help people find their ideal jobs in the simplest way possible."

If you're an active blogger or social networker, keep in mind that it's not just friends who can see your profile. "Image is everything in the beginning stages of job search," says author and career coach, Cynthia Shapiro. "Employers are going beyond the traditional background checks and are scouring the Web for a look at the real you."

Here are a few simple tips on how to find a job this holiday season:

* Capitalize on holiday parties and gatherings to network and schmooze

* Use Simply Hired's Resume Post ( to post your resume to multiple job sites all at once - it will save hours of data entry time

* Manage and maintain a positive image both online and off

There are millions of jobs available this holiday season. You need just one. So what are you waiting for?

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