I hope that all of you are able to share this holiday with friends and family. . . and I wanted to remind you that holidays are a perfect opportunity for networking! Recent research suggests that at least 60% of all jobs are found through networking. If you’re searching for a job, you need to make sure you use all your available networks, and friends and family are some of the most valuable.
In my book, Step 4 Create a network provides many tips (14, to be precise) that can help you build your network, but the first tip is “Use your family and friends as networking sources.” This doesn’t mean that you’re going to go to every holiday meal with a stack of resumes and a canned speech, but when Aunt Mary asks you what you’re going to do after college or how the job search is going, be prepared to let her know the kind of job you want to land and ask for her help.
I gave some pointers about networking in this blog—all the entries from 10/31/13 to 11/14/13 are relevant—so scroll back and re-read those before you head out for your holiday meals. Then drive safely, relax, and enjoy the time spent with those who are important to you!