Christmas parties, social gatherings, and end-of-year events are rife with networking opportunities. You never know who might know someone hiring in your field. Be prepared with your elevator pitch on point and a positive attitude.
Social media and online networking
A social networking presence allows professionals to build online ‘relationships’ through projecting a clear message to spread the positive effects of networking to a wider field of recipients.
You might start by sharing holiday-themed content on your social media profiles or professional blog. This can be a creative way to engage in networking and potentially attract the attention of hiring managers.
Use the holiday season as an opportunity to reconnect with old contacts or reach out to new ones. Send personalised holiday greetings via email or social media, expressing your interest in building your network, connecting and discussing potential opportunities.
Networking for success
Look for industry-specific forums and events. Many professional organisations and networking groups host online events where you can meet new people and connect with potential employers.
Join industry-related forums, LinkedIn groups, and other online communities. Contribute to discussions, ask questions, and connect with professionals who share your interests. When you are looking to grow your network, it is important to see the potential in every person and every situation, you never know where the perfect opportunity may arise.
The holiday season is more than just festivities and good cheer; it’s a great opportunity to network. Approach each event with hope and positivity, every conversation and event has the potential for you to find an interesting new career opportunity.
Goodwill and cheer
Remember all you have learned about networking – use active listening, provide value to others and focus on quality over quantity. Networking is a reciprocal game, aim to help others in order to create strong connections.
When you are networking online, people will ask what you do for a job. Don’t be embarrassed about saying you are unemployed, tell them what you are looking for. People know people and often good contacts are made via informal routes. Redundancy is no longer stigmatised, most people have been through it and will want to help you, even with something as simple as an introduction.
Focus on networking during the festive season when you may find that people are more willing to chat or meet as work demands slow down. Digital networking, reaching out and linking up with other legal industry insiders, as well as potential clients, is crucial to the success of any job search. Making new connections will always be a driving force in aiding career development.
Networking doesn’t stop for Christmas. Remember more than 75% of all jobs are filled through contacts and personal references.