The Most Wonderful Time of Year (for Networking)
In the U.S., the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is traditionally a time for parties, celebrations, and even networking. Yes, that’s right. If you’re in the job market there is no better time of year to connect with others in your community or industry than Yuletide. But before you jump right in with your mistletoe hat and expect that everyone will come running, here are a few tips that can help you make the most of your holiday networking.
- Volunteer in your community. The holiday season is all about cookies. No, that’s not right. More than anything else this time of year is synonymous with giving back. Volunteering is a great way to be a part of your community as well as meet people who may be in the position to help you out again somewhere down the road. If you’re currently unemployed, it is a great resume builder, too.
- Host a party. Another way to give back is to host your own networking party. Invite those who have worked with you along the way, along with people in your network that you would love to get to know a little better. This can be a fun and casual way to make important connections, and connect your connections which can have a very positive impact.
- Accept all invitations. Did you get a holiday invitation that doesn’t sound like any fun at all? Don’t discount it. Your commitment doesn’t have to be extensive, but make an appearance at any holiday gathering that may offer you an opportunity to network with others. You may be surprised by who you meet or what you can accomplish.
- Send business card greetings. Of course, there is an art to networking and it should always end with following up. The holidays make that process simpler. Have some holiday cards on hand that you can address and send to your new contacts. Be sure to include your business card and reference your meeting.
Do you want to network more this holiday season? Contact the merry staff at VincentBenjamin to learn more!