Networking at Holiday Parties
The Holidays are upon us! We are all busy both giving and going to parties, shopping, wrapping, reconnecting with people we have not connected with since last year. Is now the time for a job search?
Of course! This is a great time to extend your network to include all those people you have not seen for a year, only meet at your friend’s annual party, etc.
Of course you need a plan. If you have followed this blog for any time at all, you know that you need to know what you want. The next step is to find out who works at the companies you would like to be employed by and if that company should stay on your top ten list. And parties are a great place to work on that!
Networking is where you give something that does not cost you much – like your attention and focus and interest over drinks at your friend’s party to get what you value – insight into a company that you are interested in. So step up to that new person and find out where they work and what they do. Give them the gift of actually being interested. If they work at one of the companies you have already determined to be of interest to you, get their take on how the company is doing, what the company is doing, what they think will happen next for that company. Ask about their job, what they like, what they don’t like. When they ask you why you are asking (if they do!), tell them that you think that company has a very interesting (whatever you have discovered in your research) and that you are excited to know more.
If the person you are talking with does not work at one of the companies you are interested in, then still give them the gift of your attention. And ask if they know anyone who works at one or two of the companies you are interested in. Ask them what they know about the company. Have a conversation!!
Trade business cards if that will work, but take some notes when you are finished talking and follow-up with an email later, thanking them for taking the time to talk with you!
Add them to your network! Send them a Holiday card!
What are you doing over the Holidays?