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The Gift Guide for the Job Seeker

No matter your stance on the age old-debate of when the holiday season starts (all opinions are valid, but the right answer is the day after Thanksgiving), there’s no question – the holiday season is well underway. And that means it’s that joyful time of year full of family, ice skating, hot chocolate, cozy blankets, and of course, gifts.

Being an adult means understanding that giving gifts can be fun – as long as you have a good idea. We all have that one friend who has perfected the art of gift giving – they give you that thing that’s exactly what you need even though you didn’t know you were missing it until the moment you open it. For the rest of us, the holidays mean hours – yes HOURS – of scrolling online, waiting for inspo to strike.

While there may not be a playbook for giving the perfect gift, Realworld is here to help with all-things adult, and that includes gifting.

The adulthood journey comes with tons of exciting firsts – first job, first apartment, first car – and there’s a lot of new things you need to go along with each milestone…things that make GREAT gifts!

Looking for your first job (or second or third) is a right of passage that can be super exciting, but it’s also a lot of work and stress. For anyone in your life going through the job search process, give them a gift that says “you got this!”

If they don’t know where to start:

  1. What if there were a tool where you could learn about various roles, look up jobs, connect with people, and take classes on new job-worthy skills and topics? Good news – it does exist – it’s LinkedIn Premium. Gift a membership to the job seeker in your life.
  2. If the job seeker wants a little more help with networking and info to reach their career goals, consider the gift of a membership to thelighthouse.

If they want to make a big change:

  1. For the job seeker wanting to make a larger change, it can be really hard to know how to sell your skills & experience for a new industry or role. Sometimes, you need a little help from the pros. Gift them sessions with a career coach through the Muse.
  2. If they’ve found the perfect fit career path, but don’t quite yet have the technical chops to qualify, a career bootcamp may be a smart next step for your job seeker. The gift of a General Assembly class can be the launching pad they need.

For the interview process:

  1. As the old (and super cheesy) saying goes, “you only get 1 shot at a 1st impression!” It’s a little cringe, but it’s totally accurate when it comes to job interviews. Make sure the job seeker’s outfit nails the first impression with an Oak + Fort subscription.
  2. They’ll need somewhere to keep track of all those networking coffees, interviews, contacts, & follow-up emails – give them a planner like this one from MiGoals.
  3. Once they’ve crushed the interview (or had a dud interview – it’s all part of the process!), it’s time to send that thank-you note. Make it personalized with stationary from Maurèle (in addition to the same-day thank you email of course).

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