It’s the holiday season! This time of the year is great for reflecting on past accomplishments, enjoying your holiday bonus and taking those extra vacation days. While it might be tempting to sit back and relax, did you know this is also the perfect time for networking and job hunting?
If you’re not happy where you are, or you’re unemployed, this is a great time to reconnect with your network. Here are a few ways you can make sure you start your new year with a few new connections and some possible interviews.
- Connect with LinkedIn colleagues: This is the perfect opportunity to send holiday wishes to connections on a joyous occasion. Instead of asking right out about getting assistance on your job search, you could ask about their holiday plans. After catching up, you could bring up that you’re looking for a job and ask them to look out for any opportunities.
- Attend holiday parties galore (for networking purposes): Holiday parties are the perfect time to talk in an informal setting. If it’s a work holiday party, this is an excellent time for you to get friendly with some of the higher-ups of the company and introduce yourself. If you’re looking for opportunities outside of your company look for trade associations in your field that might be holding a holiday party or websites like EventBrite and MeetUp where you could attend with like-minded people in your industry.
- Continue to apply to jobs: Some people might say that applying for a job over the holidays is a bad idea because employers tend to check out during this time of the year. But in reality, hiring increases in January and recruiters are looking to fill those jobs that are in from hiring managers will newly minted budgets! While the hiring process might be slower than usual, you could face less competition and get the job you want!
- Use family and friends as a networking resource: Don’t count out your friends and family when it comes to your job search. While at your family gathering or meeting with friends mention that you’re looking for a new job. While they might not be able to help you directly, you never know who they might know who can.
- Never underestimate the power of a Christmas/holiday card: One thing I loved when I was in marketing was receiving Christmas cards from our vendors. I saw it as extremely thoughtful. You can do the same thing. I suggest sending this to people who you already know but lost contact. Send them a nice card. This gesture will make you more memorable and they will be more open to helping you with your job search.
Just remember when you’re on the job hunt, keep the drinking to a minimum while attending holiday parties. You don’t want to ruin your chances of ever getting anything by being unprofessional. But make the most of this holiday so your new year could bring a new job.