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December is a notoriously slow month for interviewing and hiring and many job seekers decide to take the month off until employers ramp their efforts back up. This approach completely misses the opportunity to utilize the most effective tool in the job seeker’s toolkit: networking! December is rife with holiday parties and community festivities and the savvy job-seeker takes advantage of this while having fun in the process.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of networking, either the word or the activity. The word network makes me feel like I’m trapped in a never-ending slog. The activity makes me think of insincere small-talk and manic business card swapping. Instead, I frame this part of the job search as community building. People naturally want to interact with people who are part of their community and people who see you as a part of their tribe are more likely to help you. It’s a part of human nature!
So, December gives you a lot of opportunities to build your community without going to dry, awkward business events. Instead, you can go to fun (but possibly still awkward) holiday events. Take these steps to make the most of December and to set you up for the January job hiring rush.
If you can take the month of December off of your job search, know that this is just fine. However, not everyone can do this. If you want to make sure that your search doesn’t lose traction over the holidays, be strategic and work within the reality that we live in: networking works, holidays mean lots of parties, and social connections enhance every part of the job search. Let the festive season work in your favor!