With the holiday season come a ton of opportunities for networking – whether it be that tacky sweater party your best friend hosts every year or a holiday party thrown by a volunteer or industry-specific organization you belong to.
If you’re looking for work or looking to make a change in your career, leverage these social opportunities. Below, we’ve listed a few tips for making the most of your social obligations this season.
- Bring business cards – No, don’t hand them out to every person you talk to at a party, but be sure to hand them out when appropriate and ask for contact information for follow-up.
- Don’t lead conversations with business – Forming genuine connections is important. You’ll come off as self-serving if you lead with your goals, your work, your business. Ask questions and lead with casual conversation topics, like current events, holiday travel plans, etc.
- When it comes to alcohol, know your limits – It’s easy to have one too many eggnogs at holiday parties, which can make you appear less sharp than usual. If need be, stay sober. If someone asks why you aren’t drinking, tell them you’re the designated driver.
Heed our advice, and you’ll shine at your holiday events this year. If you’re looking for networking opportunities in Atlanta or Dallas, check out the below organizations. Good luck and happy hunting!