For those who need a break from the constancy of business emails and calls, Thanksgiving is a holiday to be grateful for.
The Thursday the holiday falls on, and the Friday following, rank as the only two consecutive non-weekend days that the majority of businesses will be closed, according to a survey of HR managers at 481 randomly selected firms in a wide variety of sectors conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ninety-eight percent of organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day, and 72 percent remain shuttered on the Friday following the holiday.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day follow as the second ranking two-day holiday, with 46 percent and 99 percent planned closings on those days.
Could the relative quiet from the holidays be an opportunity for an emailed résumé to have a better chance of getting noticed?
It could, since it is “more likely that [recipients] will feel less pressure” during this respite, notes Roy Cohen, career coach and author of “The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide.” (FT Press 2010) Still, “You must personalize [the correspondence] and convey that connecting with this person is meaningful,” Cohen adds.
And don’t send follow-up messages on a holiday. “That would show poor judgment,” according to Cohen.
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