Taking Advantage of Networking Opportunities This Holiday Season During the holiday season, there are endless opportunities to catch up with old friends and meet new people. You will inevitably have the opportunity to talk about your career and your goals for the upcoming year. Here are some tips to help you make the most of networking opportunities during the holiday season: Stay Positive: The holidays are a happy time of year. When you talk about your career and your goals for 2014, stay positive. You want to engage people with your confidence and optimism, not turn them off by ruining the holiday cheer. Plan what you’re going to say in advance so that, regardless of how you’re feeling about your career, you can put your best foot forward. Don’t Wait to Follow Up – But Wait for A Response: After you’ve made a new contact, reach out while your conversation is still top of mind, but be patient when you’re waiting for a response. Remember that the holidays are a busy time of year. People travel and sometimes disconnect from their email. Chances are, your new contact will want to connect after New Year’s, and that’s OK. What’s important is that you’ve made a good connection. Have Your Business Cards Ready: Make sure you have enough business cards that you can give them out generously over the course of the next two weeks. As you give out your card, make sure people know if you’re going to be out of touch for any reason so that they know when to expect a response. Say Thank You: Don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ to anyone who has helped you this year. Have a collection of small gifts on hand so that you can give them out to anyone who might not have been on your holiday gift list. Even the smallest gesture will be remembered and appreciated. And remember – if you’re available to take freelance jobs or go on interviews, now is a great time to stand out amongst the crowd. Your drive and your willingness to work through the holiday season will set you apart. To see our current job openings, visit the jobs section of our website. Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and LinkedIn!