Whether you’re looking to make a career move, or just trying to find a higher paying job, the holidays are a great time to put yourself on the radar and do some professional networking. This is the time of year when you’re likely going to parties, meeting up with friends and family, and possibly meeting new people. Amidst all the small talk, work is a common topic. Are you looking for a job? Now is the time to talk about it.
According to a 2012 ABC News report, 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. For those struggling financially, a new job could provide the income boost to help you gain control of your finances and get out of debt.
You’ll probably be rubbing shoulders with a lot of people during the holidays, so here are some networking tips for this holiday season.
Keep Your Resume Up to Date
If you’ve been searching for a job, then this should already be complete. If so, then it can’t hurt to just read through your resume once in a while to keep your experiences and highlights in mind should a conversation about a potential job come up.
Get Online for Professional Networking
While the best networking is done in-person, you should always follow up by reaching out on a professional networking site like LinkedIn. Create a profile and keep it up to date. It’s an easy way to stay connected to the people you meet, and show them your professional profile.
Don’t Be Shy When Networking
If you’re dedicated to finding a job, increasing your income, and potentially working towards getting out of debt, then you must be diligent. This doesn’t mean that you have to ask everyone you see if they’re hiring. But it’s common for people to talk about their work and careers, so don’t be afraid to tell people you’re looking for a job.
Networking is as simple as having a friendly conversation. Get out there and do it!