Is ‘New Job’ on Your Holiday Shopping List?

December 8, 2011

Easy on the champagne- One never knows when the toaster may be your next boss.

In the past, I advised students, friends and colleagues to avoid job hunting during the holidays because most budgets are allocated by the end of the year, however I recant.  Truth be told: since regular business activities slow down this time of the year, it’s an ideal time to search for employment opportunities. 

Additionally, many Human Resource managers have more time to devote to personnel matters, including hiring.  …and, when one considers the Dale Carnegie Human Relations principles- by which their application will win people to your way of thinking, the holidays really are the best time of year to job-shop considering all the places you’ll go and new faces you’ll meet!

By applying the following Human Relations principles, you’ll increase the odds of learning about new employment opportunities and establish rapport well before the actual interview:

#1 Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain

Your professional appearance, demeanor and attitude speak volumes about your employability.  While attending holiday celebrations, maintain your highest level of professionalism by going easy on the eggnog and other alcoholic beverages.  One never knows if the person pouring the beverages could be your next boss.  Keep complaints and criticisms to yourself- whether it’s a negative comment about your current employer, the scandalous dress someone is wearing or the fact that the food is cold.  Leave negative comments at the door and bring your business cards inside instead. 

#4 Become genuinely interested in the other person

When you’re out and about this holiday season, be sure to network by introducing yourself to new people and taking a genuine interest in them.  Ask them questions including where they work and what they do, and there just might be an opportunity in store for you. 

Equally important is taking an interest via social media channels.  It’s common knowledge that sources such as LinkedIn (LNKD), Twitter, and Facebook are great for networking, however few people devote time throughout the year to utilizing them.  Be sure to use them during the holidays because they might result in an ideal connection which could yield a job-search gold mine.

Keep in mind that networking is a two-way street whether online or offline.  You should offer advice and help as needed in addition to seeking information.  New contacts can provide you with more information about companies than would result from a Google search, so be sure to ask about things in which you are really interested such as a company’s corporate culture, morale or on-site amenities.

#6 Remember Names

I pride myself on my ability to remember names.  I’ve met more than 300 people this year and when I run into one of them at a local store, I can recall their name 80% of the time.  People are literally stunned that I remember their name, where I met them and often times, even what they bought.  They feel important and special, and are more likely to refer people to me or make repeat purchases. 

If you are considering looking for a new business development job, the ability to remember names is of particular importance.  Anyone in sales knows that remembering a customer’s name is just as important as their being right. 

This post is brought to you by Dale Carnegie Training of Maryland and the DC Metro Area. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credit:  Natalya Korotkov

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