One of the worst mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work during the holidays. In fact, the holidays are a great time to re-establish ties with networking contacts. The best way to do this is to set a plan: Who do I want to contact? What do I want each person to know about me? What do I want to learn about them? Since many of these contacts will be friends as well as colleagues, it is perfectly acceptable to ask about family and other personal matters.
Keep the contact friendly and loose. Start by wishing your contacts a happy holiday season and ask first about their lives and careers. When you talk about your career goals, don’t be too pushy about asking for direct help unless there is a definite opportunity that a contact can help you with. A better way is to set up a meeting or call just after the New Year. In other cases, your goal is to let your contacts know what is going on in your life and career. That opens the door for them to help.
Don’t waste the holiday season on shopping and parties. Enjoy yourself, but do so in a way that keeps your network pot simmering. With the right contact and a little luck , you could find a new job.