Holiday networking

The holidays are coming up and it may be tempting to slow up job hunting, but this is actually the time to kick it into high gear. That was the advice of moderators at a recent session of My Career Transitions, a huge networking group for those who are unemployed or who are simply looking for a change. The holidays give you an excuse to send an individual greeting to all the people in your network, including those with whom you have had networking coffees or lunches. You can update on your job search and what else you've been doing.

Also, don't miss a chance to socialize at neighborhood parties, or any kind of gathering that comes up in your personal life. When you get to these events, don't be shy about talking about your job search and what you can offer. Don't monopolize the conversations, but make sure that you connect with people. These are people who already know you, but they may not know what you can do or that you need help. 

Besides the obvious networking excuses the holidays provide, the moderators noted that some hiring tends to happen in January when budgets open. That means the interviewing process could be happening now.

The group meets at Villanova University on the second Saturday morning of the month (except in December and August).  Next meeting is Jan. 9 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Participants sometimes hang out and have lunch after the meeting.