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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Alexandra Stephens is a Boston-based, mission-driven marketer and career services professional. Fusing together her experience in career development and communications, Alexandra specializes in LinkedIn, resume and social media coaching. She works one-on-one with executive level clients to transform their online brand and position them for career success. She also leads webinars and in-person workshops for groups of all ages on the power of LinkedIn, social media for the job search, and professional networking.
Alexandra is currently the associate director of alumni career programs and engagement at Brandeis University where she creates meaningful opportunities for Brandeis students, alumni, parents and employers to connect about careers. Before joining the Brandeis community, Alexandra worked in marketing communications at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston, MA, and Constant Contact, an email marketing company in Waltham, MA. She graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in communication studies.
Out of the office, Alexandra enjoys experimenting with new recipes, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband and new baby.