Some clients complain that hiring slows down during the holidays, which is often true. However, this season offers a different opportunity to improve your career management and job search: networking.
When you’re at holiday parties or meeting friends for dinner, let them know what is happening in your career and find out what is happening in their careers. If you’re looking for work, the holidays might be a good time to set up a lunch or coffee meeting. At that meeting, don’t simply ask your contacts to help you find a job. Start this way: “I’m looking for a new job, what advice do you have for me?” Keep the question open and see where your contact takes you. If she suggests you talk to someone, ask if she can make an introduction or if you can use her name in contacting the potential employers.
Remember that it’s the holiday season. Don’t be too pushy. Take advantage of your meetings. If it seems best to wait to meet a contact, set up a meeting after the new year. Keep looking for new ways to push your career and job search forward. Don’t forget to look for ways to help your network partners. Helping each other. That’s the holiday spirit.