The holiday season is upon us and we may think that applying for jobs during this time is not productive.
While it is true that things slow a bit in the coming weeks it’s still a good idea to keep at it.
The holiday season is one of the best times to practice your networking skills. This is the time we need to be shouting from the mountaintop “Here I am!” “I have great things to offer you!”
Why should you talk to your aunt (a first-grade teacher) or your cousin’s new boyfriend (who’s in finance) about your job goals? Because family counts as part of your network. You are on the job hunt and if you are just hoping to dodge questions about your employment status, think again. Instead, choose to talk about your skills, and what you hope to be doing. Then follow up with a simple, “know anyone?” At the very least, you’ll be connecting with your family (on a subject other than your love life), and at best, you may get some new leads and emails. (McCord, 2012)
Be ready to clearly and concisely tell people what you do and who you do it for. Have a prepared introduction that rolls off your tongue. And don't forget your business cards! And while you're at it, bring your calendar and a pen so you can schedule follow-up meetings in the moment. (Feldman, 2012)
Check out these articles below and check in with your counselor and let them know how it’s going.
Good luck out there! Feldman. "The Networking Gurus - Twelve Tips for Holiday Networking." Twelve Tips for Holiday Networking. The Networking Gurus, Dec.-Jan. 2012. Web. 01 Dec. 2016.http://www.thenetworkinggurus.com/tips/tips08/twelve-tips-for-holiday-networking.html McCord, Sarah. "4 Great Ways to Network over the Holidays." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 13 Dec. 2012. Web. 01 Dec. 2016. http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2012/12/13/4-great-ways-to-network-over-the-holidays/#115872ef6131