’Tis the season to be NETWORKING
DECEMBER is typically a crazy month filled with holiday preparations, work and family Christmas and Hanukkah parties, and of course, gift shopping. At the same time, most job applicants would suggest December is not a good month for job seeking. I beg to differ.
With December being a month of celebration, organizational leaders are often more open to meeting with individuals for networking purposes. As well, there may well be a rush to fill various positions prior to the arrival of the new year, so keep up with your marketing calls. In my view, December is decidedly one of the best months for networking and making valuable connections that will, at a minimum, create new relationships and could well lead to a new job. The challenge for any candidate is to get invited to as many special events as possible.
To acquire those special invitations, let your established network know that you are open to accompanying them to their special events; after all, many people do not like attending on their own. Watch for advertisements of an “open house” and be sure to attend.
Keep conversation light Contact the various organizations associated with your industry and check to see if they are having a December event. If you aren’t a member, find someone who is and ask to attend as a guest. Should a dinner event be too costly, then simply join the crowd in the lobby and discretely disappear just as people respond to the call for dinner.
Attending December events is one thing but effectively engaging in good, high-quality networking is another. That’s because networking is not selling! Nor is networking about pushing your business card into as many hands as possible. Instead, networking is all about making contact and taking the first step to develop relationships. It’s about generating contacts that increase your sphere of influence, create alliances and yes, eventually it might lead to a new, fulfilling job.
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