Thursday 20 December 2012

How to Network Yourself During the Holidays

Give yourself the best gift this Christmas - a better job. Surely, most of you will be looking forward to spending some quality time with your family and friends, or simply, just relaxing at home. After all, don’t you need that well-deserved break? Undoubtedly so!

There are yet so many great opportunities that could strengthen your professional network, which you might be missing out on if you don’t attempt to stay on track over the holidays.

The following are some tips that Muovo would like to share with you as to how you should spend your holidays.

1) Send a card. 
Although e-mails are now highly popular and used by almost every individual on earth, a hand-written card can really stand out. Not only does it make the recipient feel valued and cared for, but you will also be solidifying a connection that could bring you opportunities in the future. Of course, the idea behind a card is to show that you are really thinking of that person – which is what you should really be doing - and not just seeing it as a means to an end!

2) Get ready to party!
Social gatherings are a great way to make new connections and expand your circle. Keep some business cards at hand and make sure you get them out at the right time, and distribute them to the right people.

3) Throw your own party.
If you are financially stable enough to host a Holiday gathering, be it a dinner, party, reception or whatever you feel like doing, do it this Christmas. Make all your guests feel cherished and try to include business and social guests for your party.

4) Stay healthy.
Don’t go overboard with the plum pudding and drinking. Keep yourself fit and follow a healthy lifestyle as otherwise you might hinder yourself from getting back on track – happily.

5) Thank your guests or hosts.
Always send an email or a note to thank your guests or your hosts after a social contact. If you have spoken to someone during the gathering who has offered some advice, thank them him or her for their mentoring, guidance or suggestions. Perhaps you could try to schedule a lunch or drink to thank them and continue the conversation.

And finally...don’t forget to have fun! Although this time of year can be socially, emotionally and financially challenging, don’t let this dampen your Christmas spirit.

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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