Whether you’re searching for a new job or simply want to grow in the role you’re currently in, the holidays are a prime time to do that. There are a few key things you can do to take advantage of this time of year and advance your career before the year is over.
Take on extra responsibility.
Holidays are the perfect time to take on extra responsibility at work. It’s a busy time of year, so your request to pitch in and join a project you wouldn’t normally work on will be well-received by your boss. Another way to take on additional responsibility is to fill in for your coworkers when they go on vacation.
Clean up your online presence.
Your online presence is a direct reflection of who you are as a professional. This step is especially important if you’re job searching, but still has merit even if a change isn’t on the horizon. Think about the way you want to showcase yourself. You’re creating a personal brand so that potential employers or future clients can get to know you before they meet you.
One thing to ensure is that your bio is consistent across all of the platforms that you use. If you have a bio on an internal company page, make sure that it’s up to date with your correct title and responsibilities. You’ll want to create multiple versions of your bio, as each site has a different number of characters allowed. A good formula to follow is to have a one sentence summary, then elaborate from that as space allows. ‘My name is X, I’m the (job title) at (company), where I do Y and Z).
Network with as many people as possible.
Networking is more than attending events and exchanging business cards with people. Networking events are just one way of connecting with people, not the only way. There are also ways to network with people internally in your company as well as networking online. Look for organizations or groups that you’d like to join, both in person and virtually.
At the holidays, many of these groups host less formal get togethers, which can actually attract more people to attend. It’s also a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere, so if you typically feel uncomfortable at networking events, these can feel less intimidating. At the holidays people tend to be a bit more charitable, and therefore more open to helping someone.