Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Networking Naturally at Holiday Parties

This post comes from today's HotJobs Job Tip. No unique URL exists for these, so I'm posting the text in its entirety. - Dan

A Holiday Job Search: Networking Naturally at Holiday Parties

by Todd Anten

Holiday parties are a perfect place to boost your winter job search. They provide an opportunity to schmooze with a wide array of people, some of whom may know of job openings.

To maximize your chances of finding a job through holiday party networking, follow these dos and don'ts:
  • DO go to as many gatherings as possible. You never know where an opportunity may appear, so put on a brave face and attend the parties to which you are invited -- even if you don't feel like it.
  • DO dress conservatively. Imagine that you're meeting your future boss at this party. So err on the side of caution and don't go overboard with revealing or questionable clothing choices.
  • DO bring business cards. The people you talk to at a party will probably meet many other people over the course of the evening. A business card will serve as a reminder of who you are.
  • DO let people know that you're looking for work. When the conversation comes around to careers, be up front and let people know you are interested in a new job. (If you are currently employed, you may want to keep your job search confidential.)
  • DON'T be overly aggressive. Remember, even though it's a job search for you, it's a party for everyone else. Keep your mood light.
  • DON'T go overboard with the alcohol. Yes, it's a party, but you need to be at your sharpest. The guy with the lampshade on his head at the end of the night tends to be remembered for his shenanigans, not for his potential as an employee or coworker.

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