It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for networking

Networking opportunities abound during the holiday season!

From corporate parties to family gatherings, use the festivities as an opportunity to build your network. Here are five tips to make this the most wonderful time of the year for your career:

  1. Unlike the Elf on the Shelf (or Mensch on a Bench), your network may have no idea what you’re up to these days. Let friends and family know if you are job (or internship) seeking in case they have any leads.
  2. Don’t let old acquaintances be forgot. Use LinkedIn, email or a handwritten card to send holiday wishes to former colleagues and other contacts and get back on their radar.
  3. Baby it’s cold outside, but don’t let it stop you from mixing and mingling. Your alma mater is likely hosting alumni networking nights over winter break, so get out there and reconnect with former classmates and make new contacts, too.
  4. Traveling home for the holidays can be stressful. Take advantage of long lines and flight delays to strike up a conversation with a stranger on your plane or train; you never know where it could lead.
  5. Spread holiday cheer by sharing career advice and expertise with others and you’ll feel better for it. Consider signing up for your alma mater’s alumni-student mentoring program or responding to one of the many unopened LinkedIn messages in your inbox.

Have other tips to share? Post them in the comments below! Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017.

Originally published on LinkedIn, reposted here with permission

 

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