Don't buy into the myth that companies aren't hiring during the holidays, says Laurie Ruettimann. While you may have to deal with unsolicited career advice from relatives during this time, stay focused on your goals, she says. "Don't want to drive to your cousin's house for a gift exchange? You need to attend the local Rotary Club's holiday event to meet potential employers. Believe me, it works like a charm," she says.

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