On Career-Related Holiday Gifts

Analysts are already predicting a lackluster holiday season from the standpoint of consumer spending.  With job losses mounting and investment portfolios tanking, who can blame people for not being in a festive mood?

Still, it is the time for giving, sharing, and showing you care, albeit on a tighter budget. With this in mind, last week SingleMindedWomen.com’s Career channel answered a question about buying thoughtful, professional gifts for coworkers that won’t break the bank.

But careers and holiday gifts also overlap when it comes to friends and family members.

Chances are someone on your list is involved in a job search or exploring career options. So why not consider a career-related holiday gift?

Depending on your budget, you might choose to give a new briefcase. Levenger has a wide selection. Be sure to check out the sale items.

There are also many great career books. The job seeker’s bible, “What Color Is Your Parachute?” has been update for 2009. It’s available at Amazon.com.

Yet another option is PerfectJob Software, a product that incorporates organizational tools with expert coaching to help job seekers efficiently launch and better manage the job search.

Finally, a young job seeker or a mother returning to the workforce might appreciate the assistance of a career coach or career counselor. Similarly, he or she could benefit from a job search seminar. Offerings vary greatly based on geographic area, so a little research is required. A good place to start is with a phone call to a local college or university’s career center.

This holiday season, with employment and finances on a lot people’s minds, a career-related gift can be especially timely and practical.

Paula Santonocito
Career Editor, SingleMindedWomen.com