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.
*Headsets to help with remote interviews.
*GPS device, to locate far-flung interview meetings.
*Cellphone car charger.
*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.
Gift certificates – for services they'll enjoy
*Recreation activities, such as golfing.
*Hobby supplies or classes.
Gift cards of all sorts
*Book downloads for a digital reader.
*Transit or gas cards.
*Long- distance calling cards.
*Or, just the ever-handy refillable Visa.
*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.