AVOID CAREER MISTAKES - MAKE A GREAT IMPRESSION!
The holiday season isn't just a good time to shop and drink a lot of eggnog. It's also an excellent time to improve your career prospects.
If you'd like to move up in your company, chances are you'll have the opportunity to connect with the people who can help you do so. The office holiday party can give you the opportunity to meet and make an impression on company big-wigs in a social atmosphere. So make sure the impression is a good one. Here are a few dos and don'ts:
If you're unemployed, you won't have an office party, but chances are you'll have invites to other holiday events. Use them as an opportunity to network informally and let people know you're hoping Santa brings you a job offer.
Contrary to popular belief, the holidays are an excellent time to search for a new job. According to Tony Lee, editor in chief of CareerJournal.com, "the holiday season may be the best time of year to find a new job." Positions open up in many companies at the start of the new budget year every January. But waiting until January to apply may be too late.
Managers will often use the slower holiday season to interview candidates, and competition for those jobs is lighter because most job-hunters are focusing on holiday activities instead of searching for work.
Dr. Jan Cannon, author of Finding a Job in a Slow Economy , says "most people are in a 'holiday mood' and, even if you're just looking for an information interview, in the spirit of giving, they'll generally be happy to talk with you."
Tony Lee of CareerJournal.com offers these tips for job-hunting over the holiday season:
With a little luck, and possibly a lot of eggnog, you might be starting the New Year with a new job.
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