Feeling a little hectic now that we’re in the thick of the holiday season? With family commitments, parties and gift-buying, it might not seem like you have time to work on your job search.
Focusing on your job search during the holidays is critical.
The holidays offer a unique opportunity to expand your professional network and land your next great job opportunity. Self-promotion at the holidays is critical to your job search success! Here are some tips to help you maximize the opportunities presented this holiday season:
1. Attend networking holiday mixers.
We’ve mentioned before how important it is to become involved with local networking and professional organizations. Now is the time to put them to use! Attend holiday mixers or parties, and share your festive greetings – but also your business card! Make small talk and be genuinely interested in the festivities, but be sure to mention your background and job hunt whenever possible.
2. Send holiday greetings.
Did you send out your holiday cards yet? Be sure to include past co-workers, professionals with whom you have networked, and other professional contacts on your holiday card list! A thoughtful gesture like a holiday card will help remind your contacts about you, and you can even (briefly) remind them that you are available for the right position.
3. Keep networking at other holiday gatherings!
Sure, you’ve attended the holiday mixers and parties for your professional organizations, but don’t tone it down when you attend other holiday gatherings! Family parties, casual gatherings with friends…these are all opportunities to network. You don’t want to be a pest, but holiday parties are a great, informal way to make small talk and position yourself and your qualifications to other professionals. Your casual chit-chat may just end up landing you your next great career opportunity!
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