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WORKING STRATEGIES, A COLUMN BY AMY LINDGREN

Some gift ideas for the job seeker on your list

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 7:13 am

If you have a job seeker or career changer on your holiday list, here are gifts job seekers will appreciate.

Technology to help with the search

*Flash drives to transfer files from one computer to another.

*LinkedIn upgrade.

*Headsets to help with remote interviews.

*GPS device, to locate far-flung interview meetings.

*Cellphone car charger.

Anti-technology gifts

*A good mapbook of the city and a dashboard compass.

*Notebooks, index cards, and other office supplies.

*Leather portfolio and premium pen set. for interviews

*Handsome pocket calendar. to record meeting dates

*Classic job search book., such as “What Color is Your Parachute”

Non-job search items

*Word game or puzzle (think Bananagrams) to occupy time between job search activities.

*Cooking kit (ingredients and recipe) for a special treat on a down day.

*Bath kit to create a home spa experience.

*Inspirational book or a journal to capture personal thoughts during the day.

Gift certificates – for services they need

*Salon services such as haircuts or manicures

*Dry cleaning or tailoring.

*Career counseling or resume development.

*Cellphone minutes.

Gift certificates – for services they'll enjoy

*Movie passes.

*Dining certificates.

*Massages.

*Recreation activities, such as golfing.

*Hobby supplies or classes.

*Gym membership.

Gift cards of all sorts

*Coffee shop.

*Book downloads for a digital reader.

*Transit or gas cards.

*Long- distance calling cards.

*Or, just the ever-handy refillable Visa.

Technology

*Setting up a simple website to showcase work samples.

*Navigating the steps to get on LinkedIn.

*Taking a good photo to use on LinkedIn.

*Videotaping a practice interview.

*Setting up Skype to be ready for video interviews.

One last gift: Thoughtfulness

It would be a kindness to at least mail a holiday card. For most people, the real gift is knowing you haven't been forgotten.