First and foremost, we want to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. As we do each year, we like to use our December message to remind you of how to network or prepare for an upcoming career change. In the past much of our advice has been directed at in-person networking and we realize that for many that isn’t being done as much as pre-pandemic. (I don’t know about you all, but I am sure hoping that this is an issue that goes away in 2022!)

If you are interested in learning about new opportunities or are thinking about making a job change next year, here are some things you can be working on ‘virtually’ over the next six weeks. We have found that little hiring happens between now and mid-January as people want to get settled after the holidays or are awaiting a bonus payout.

  1. Update your social media pages, especially LinkedIn. Is your profile up to date? Do you share what you do, what you have accomplished, and what makes you different than others in your field? This is a great opportunity to sell yourself. Is your picture professional and current? If you want to be found on more searches, set your top line with skills vs a job title. Use | in between words so you show up more. So instead of ‘Account Manager’ you may want to consider ‘top producer | New business development | Digital sales & marketing | Expertise in Automotive

  2. Connect, connect, connect. If you do go to holiday events, follow up the next day via asking to connect. The more people you can connect with increases your chances of hearing about new opportunities.

  3. Follow business leaders in your industry and community to learn when they have opportunities.

  4. Remember people you have called on in the past, current clients, peers, friends, and see if they make sense to send an invitation. Adding a personal note will help increase the acceptance rate.

  5. Think about what you have done in the past year, how it has helped your employer, and how it increases your attractiveness to hiring managers when you update your resume.

Most importantly, enjoy the season. Take some breaks. Think about what is important to you and how it will benefit your career. There are many opportunities out there so it is a great time to be considering a move.