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Dear Santa …

Obviously if you can ask Santa for anything, you are going to ask for a new job!  But, I do not believe Santa carries jobs on his sleigh.  Instead I am going to suggest you request of Santa two things:

First, a copy of any of the current business bestsellers.  Obviously, they became bestsellers because they are widely purchased and read, particularly by very senior executives.  In fact, the latest release I am reading is “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen.  I bought it at Costco so that certainly is an indication of its mass appeal.  Busy executives required to fly frequently are often found reading business books, either in hard cover or more commonly now on their iPads or Kindles.

I am a big fan of Jim Collins’ books and this is his fourth.  I highly recommend them all.  You can find them and others listed on my LinkedIn Profile, www.linkedin.com/in/markirich, under Reading List by Amazon.

Now imagine you have read Collins’ latest and are interviewing with a CEO and you see a copy of on his desk and start a conversation regarding the book; or better yet, you ask him if he has read it and, if not, recommend it to him and briefly tell him why he should read it.  He cannot fail to be impressed by you in ways that may significantly differentiate you from other candidates:  You have demonstrated you are in a mode of continuous learning and likely to be current with all trends, best practices, technologies and ideas of value to an organization seeking to grow by finding a competitive edge.  And you may also be suggesting to the CEO a very specific practice that you would implement if hired that would make his organization one of the ‘great’ ones!

If you are not currently working and seeking your next opportunity, finding several of these books in the library and reading them now would be a great use of your time during the quieter holiday weeks.  I would suggest you type up a brief one-page summary of each so you have an easy way to refresh yourself on each book several weeks after you have read it.

The second request you should request of Santa is to offer you the services of a career marketing firm such as ExecuJobs.  One of our CEO clients recently wrote to me, “Excellent advice and guidance – really helped me get through a steep learning curve and focus my efforts – without having to learn by trial and error.”

The leadership of ExecuJobs has spent decades in the employment marketplace studying its inner workings and has over 20 years of experience assisting thousands of clients to successfully achieve their goals in a significantly shorter period of time by avoiding months of ‘trial and error’.   Accelerate your learning curve and contact ExecuJobs today by calling ExecuJobs Customer Care @ 800.767.0691 or completing an online form at www.execujobs.net/contact.

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