In addition to using traditional job hunting resources, make a point of going to parties and social events, especially ones at which you’re likely to meet new people who can be sources of job leads. Don’t be afraid to let people know that you’re in the market for a new job. Handing out resumes or pressing people for contacts or referrals isn’t a good idea because it puts them on the spot.
A much better approach is to find out what people whom you meet do and describe your own background and goals before you let them know you’re job hunting. If you do it in a friendly and nonthreatening way, they’re likely to ask what you’re doing now. That’s your chance to mention that you’re looking. They may offer advice or the names of a person to contact. If they don’t you can casually say “if you think of anyone I might talk to, I’d appreciate it,” and hand them your card.
If you meet someone who is in a position to give you advice, ask if you might arrange a brief meeting after the holidays or at a time when you’re less likely to be interrupted. Should the right opportunity not present itself, drop the person you met an email or a note wishing them a happy holiday season and make your request in writing. Be sure to follow up on any contact suggestions, and let the people who made them know you appreciate their help.
Making the effort to go after advertised jobs and letting as many people as possible know you’re in the market for a new position during the holidays will shorten your search.
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