’Tis the sea­son to be NET­WORK­ING

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - BAR­BARA BOWES

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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