Whether you’re a social butterfly or a self-proclaimed wallflower, make networking a priority this holiday season.
Experts agree that networking has become an essential skill for today’s career-driven professional. In fact, networking is the number one way to land a job and advance your career.
Not only are you ten times more likely to land the job when your job application is accompanied by a referral, but by getting an inside look at the company culture from your connection, you’re more likely to fit in with the organization, thrive in its environment and stay with the company longer than the average candidate blindly applying online.
As the holidays approach and your calendar fills with cocktail parties and family get-togethers, remember to make networking a priority this season. To get you started, I’ve collected some of my favorite networking tips of all time.
Never stumble over a response to this inquiry again. Check out Scott Ginsberg’s list of most-memorable answers to the dreaded question that’s sure to pop up during your next networking event or job interview.
Between juggling your responsibilities in the office and at home, you may feel like there isn’t any room left to focus on networking. Nothing could be further from the truth! Learn how to incorporate networking into your already busy life.
The informational interview is one networking tactic that even the savviest of professionals can overlook. Take a good look at your connections and identify at least one person with whom you’d like to conduct an informational interview.
Check your industry’s trade associations and your local Meetup groups for holiday mixers. These are networking goldmines with a merry twist. Use Scott Ginsberg’s five tips to make the most of every networking opportunity.
The holidays are a great time to reconnect with your network. Whether it’s via email, an e-card or a traditional card, use your holiday greetings to benefit your career or job search.
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