Are you motivated to move forward with your job search and/or networking efforts during
the holiday season – but not sure if it is the “right time” to engage in these activities?
The holiday season is the OPTIMAL time to maximize your job search and networking
efforts. To get the highest return on your investments of time, effort, and energy, we
recommend you proceed using these proven holiday networking strategies...

1) Attend Holiday Parties
Many industry associations host holiday parties for members and non-members
alike. Conduct research to identify three Christmas or New Year events related to
your industry or career interests that you want to attend. Put these events on your
calendar, and make arrangements to attend.
Prepare appropriate attire for each event and venue. To make the most of your
networking, it is better to arrive 15 minutes early than 15 minutes “fashionably
Make an effort to have genuine, meaningful conversations with family members,
friends, and colleagues at each holiday gathering or party. Maintain attention and
focus on each person you speak with. Ask open-ended questions, and actively listen
to what they say.
Eventually, the conversation will turn to you. This is the perfect time to share that
you are looking to make a career transition and ask them if they know anyone who
may be hiring someone like you. Asking this question could lead to many job
opportunities. (This is a great time to have your elevator speech prepared.)
Having trouble finding a good holiday gathering to attend?
Consider hosting your own networking event. Partner with a few close contacts in
your industry to co-host an industry-focused holiday gathering. Split the expenses

and maximize your guest list by asking each guest to bring someone in the industry
as their “plus one.”
Have everyone wear a nametag or otherwise introduce themselves to the group.
Before you know it, you will have dozens of new industry contacts.
2) Send Out Holiday Greeting Cards
Do you have a group of friends or former colleagues you have not connected with in
a while? Feeling a little guilty about not keeping in touch? is never too late to reach out and reconnect with friends and former
colleagues. Just do it!
Send a personalized holiday greeting card (or e-card) to check in and offer your best
wishes for a happy holiday season and successful new year. An unexpected greeting
card sent to your friends and professional contacts will put a smile on their face and
keep you top of mind.
Make sure you include a personal (handwritten) message and take the opportunity
to invite your contacts to reconnect over coffee or lunch in the coming new year.
This gives you a reason to reach out and follow-up.
3) Take Advantage of LinkedIn
If most of your professional contacts have a presence on social media platforms like
LinkedIn or Facebook, you should send a thoughtful holiday message to strike up
authentic, meaningful conversations.
The networking possibilities of LinkedIn are endless! The holidays present the
PERFECT opportunity to establish or rekindle relationships with LinkedIn
connections who may be able to help you identify potential career opportunities in
the new year.
Craft personalized, direct messages through LinkedIn wishing your contacts well and
asking them about their current career endeavors. There is a high probability that
many of these contacts will spur meaningful conversations that may lead to
potential job opportunities.

4) Reach Out To Decision Makers
In many industries, it is generally easier to connect with critical decision makers
during the late winter months – as business initiatives and travel often slow down
due to the holidays.
If possible, make an attempt to schedule a meeting with a potential employer during
the holiday season. You will be more likely to catch people in good spirits. The
holidays typically bring out people’s generosity, so key decision makers may be
more willing (and available) to take your call and otherwise carve out time for you.
5) Treat Every Conversation as an Opportunity
Last but CERTAINLY not least – approach every conversation you have over the
holidays as a potential career opportunity. Whether you are catching up with old
friends, congregating with family members, or visiting with other attendees at a
neighborhood event, your next meaningful networking conversation could be the
one that leads to your dream job or next big gig!
Therefore, it is critical for you to be prepared.
Have your elevator speech ready, and listen closely for conversations that are
relevant to your job search. Ask about your peers’ recent career moves or
challenges. Set aside time to catch up with friends and former coworkers within
your industry or sphere of interest. The time, energy, and effort you invest in these
conversations will benefit you both personally and professionally.
And, of course, make sure you are equipped with an effective networking follow-up

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