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12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Job Seekers

We’ve compiled a list of the perfect gifts for every job seeker in your life. [TWEET]

The job search can be a lonely and overwhelming process. This holiday season, show the job seekers in your life that you care by providing a thoughtful gift that is sure to bring some much-needed cheer. Below is a list of practical gift ideas that will fit any budget.

Resume & Cover Letter

A study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the candidate is a fit for the job. In today’s job market, it’s essential for professionals to have a top-notch resume that tells their career story, captures the hiring manager’s attention, and ensures their application will make it past the electronic gatekeepers. Invest in your loved one’s success by purchasing a resume rewrite through services like TopResume. Packages range from $99 to $349. Click on the following link to learn how you can help your loved one land their dream job.

Business Cards

All job seekers should own a set of business cards with their personal contact information so they can capitalize on every networking opportunity. Arm your loved ones with this important, yet often overlooked, personal branding tool. You can order gift cards from providers such as Moo and Jukebox, ranging from $25 to $100 in value.

Interview Wardrobe

In a perfect world, the most qualified candidate would always land the job. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Experts agree that everything from one’s clothing and grooming habits to hygiene and hair style can impact a professional’s candidacy, whether they’re looking for a new job or vying for a promotion.

Help the loved ones in your life make the right first impression with prospective employers by purchasing a new interview outfit to upgrade their personal brand. If you’re unsure what type of company they’re targeting in their job search, play it safe and purchase gift card with a major retailer such as Macy's.

Commuting Credit

When you’re commuting to job interviews and networking events, the traveling costs can add up. Set off some of these expenses by purchasing a gas card, subway pass or other transportation voucher. This practical gift will surely be appreciated by your active job seeker.

LinkedIn Profile

A recent study by Jobvite found that 87 percent of recruiters are using LinkedIn to recruit candidates, and 93 percent will review a candidate’s social media profile before making a hiring decision. If you’re looking for a job, it pays to have a well-written LinkedIn profile that supports your resume and tells a consistent story about your job goals and qualifications. Improve your loved one’s chances of landing their dream job by purchasing a professional LinkedIn profile through services such as TopResume. Their Executive Priority package includes a resume rewrite and a LinkedIn makeover for $350.

Coffee Shop Gift Card

I frequently recommend that my clients set up informational interviews to learn more about an industry, company, or career path that interests them. These meetings usually consist of the job seeker asking a new connection out for a cup of coffee to pick their brain for information and guidance. Help subsidize these valuable meetings by purchasing a gift card at Starbucks or another local coffee shop they’re sure to frequent during the job search.


Did you know that you’re ten times more likely to accomplish your goals when you write them down? Help those in your life meet their career aspirations and get an extra boost of motivation with a fun journal such as the “It’s Gonna Be Okay Guided Inner-Truth Journal,” the “Make It Happen Motivational Quote Journal,” and “Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration.” These items range between $9 and $12.

Membership to Professional Organizations

Studies have shown that candidates whose job applications include an employee referral are ten times more likely to land the job. Help those on your gift list make those valuable connections by paying for their membership into a relevant professional association. WEDDLE’s provides a comprehensive association directory that will make it easy for your loved one to identify the right group for them. Alternatively, have your gift recipient take a look at the LinkedIn profiles of their managers or peers to see which groups they belong to.

Coaching Services

If you know someone who’s struggling with their job search, a career coach may be the perfect gift.  Depending upon who you hire and what your loved one needs, this professional can act as a sounding board, an educator, and a great motivator. Do your research to find a reputable coach that meets your loved one’s needs. A good place to start is at The Five O’Clock Club. Prices range between $150 and $250 an hour.

Professional Skills

If the job seeker in your life is interested in making a major career change or industry switch, it may be necessary for them to invest in professional development opportunities to fill certain skill gaps. Help your loved one become a more attractive candidate by investing in their learning opportunities. These days, professionals don’t need to leave the comfort of their homes to hone new skill sets. Consider purchasing a membership to Lynda.com ($25 per month or $240 for the year) or SkillShare ($10 per month or $96 for the year) to increase their knowledge. Both services offer a free trial to start.

Stress Relief

Anyone who’s ever searched for a job knows how stressful the process can be. Help your loved one unwind with a massage. You can purchase a gift card for Massage Envy, which can be used in any of their more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. Prices range between $70 and $130, depending upon the length of the massage.

Get a little creative and put together a gift basket full of stress-relieving face masks, candles, and bath oils. Origins has a great line of relaxation and stress-relief products to choose from, ranging from $12 to $45.

Stuff your loved one’s stocking with a stress ball for $4 or add a little humor to your gift package by including a Dammit Stress Doll ($15) from Spilsbury to provide them with an outlet for their job-search frustration.

Briefcase or Portfolio

No one wants to arrive at a job interview carrying their resume in a beat-up, old shoulder bag or a portfolio that’s falling apart. Help your job seeker polish off their look with a new bag or portfolio. Overstock has a great selection of briefcases, portfolios, and other work bags that will work for just about anyone on your list. Need more help picking out the picking out the perfect bag? Check out Business Insider’s list of the best bags for guys to carry to work and Woman’s Day’s guide to shopping for the perfect work bag.

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