Holiday networking is as essential. Just because everyone’s is having a vacation does not mean you should take one from networking. Rather, use the holiday cheer to spread joy among your desired contacts.
Holiday networking is pretty much the same with networking in other time of the year, except that you can use Christmas as a great excuse to talk to people. Also, mostly everyone is in a better mood around Christmas. Just think about it: during this season, people tend to be more kind, to listen more, to smile more, to spread a little joy around them. Why not benefit from this?
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Holiday Networking Tips
- Don’t slow down your job search! In fact, many people tend to do so, because they believe either that hiring is slow this time of year, or that they should take a break from all the job searching. Wrong! You might just be the person they need in a company. Even if they don’t hire you in December, they can hire you in January! The next time you think of not doing holiday networking, think again!
- See every Christmas party as an opportunity, not something tedious you need to do. There’s a roomful of “gifts” waiting to be opened. Strike up a casual conversation, be sure to slip in some relevant information about you. If you end up singing carols with a CEO, I guess you could say that the Christmas cheer did you some good.
- Have business cards on hand. Be sure to give them to the people who are relevant for your next career step. Personalizing the cards can be a great way to show them how committed you are. Add something Christmassy to your cards, they certainly won’t be forgotten.
- Don’t sit in a corner and wait for someone to approach you. Don’t sit with same people you’d normally sit with and criticize someone’s dress or choice of tie. It’s not merry and it’s not networking.
- After you’ve spent some time chatting about Christmas and casually mentioning relevant info about yourself, make sure to follow-up. When you call someone, make sure to remind them from the beginning of where they know you from” Hi, it’s John Doe from the Christmas party, we sang some carols with X and Y. Thanks for …” This way you place a good memory about you in their minds.
Be relaxed, have some fun, spread some cheer, talk to people, tell some stories, laugh and sell your personal brand. Remember people are in a great mood, so they are more accessible. Don’t be intimidated! Are you ready to do some holiday networking?
References: resumeconfidence.com, niaje.com