Love or hate the holidays, there’s no denying that this time of year overflows like Santa’s sack of toys with opportunities to network. For those of you in un- or underemployed situations, holiday get-togethers can be the perfect time to advance your job-search agenda. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to consider as you head out to your next merry-making mixer:
Do (and by that I mean MUST!)
Arrive early and work the room. If you are feeling awkward or uncomfortable, dig deep and resist the urge to grab a chair and slink down in it. Stand tall, be approachable, and if you find yourself at a loss for words, I have found that this one very small word can work magic: Hi.
Do Not (as in EVER!)
And unless someone specifically asks you to, do not send your resume to everyone you met the night before. The exceptions are hiring managers and recruiters, and even then before you send, ask their permission.
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