Practical Holiday Gifts for the Job Seekers in Your life

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If you or somebody on your gift list is looking for a new job, here are 4 great gift ideas that will go over well this holiday season.

A New Interview Outfit

Every job seeker needs a few great interview outfits, and new, perfectly-fitted clothes will wow hiring managers during interviews and increase confidence. Since tailoring is important for that perfect look, you may want to provide a gift certificate so your special someone can go in for custom measurements and selection. If budget is limited you may also focus on key accessories such as shoes, a leather notebook/portfolio, ties or blouses.

A Gift Certificate to a Local Dry Cleaner

Whether it’s a brand new interview outfit or an old standby that brings the interviewee good luck, it needs to be properly cleaned and pressed before their next interview. With that in mind, a gift certificate to a local dry cleaner is a gift that your job seeker will definitely use.

A Visit to a Local Salon or Stylist

Sure, there are places where you can get your hair cut for $25 (a lot less if you are a guy who just wants a basic cut), but nothing will bring a job seeker confidence like a new haircut that will have them looking suave and professional.  In addition, gift cards to places like nail salons and spas are a great idea for job seekers.

A Helpful Book

A little motivation can go a long way during a job search. Think of getting them items that will give them a bit of extra motivation like a book that can give them insight into their job search.  A couple of good options include The Art of Work by Janice Bryant Howroyd, or What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles.

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