‘Tis The Season for Informal Networking

Holiday networking

For students and job seekers, the holiday season can provide a networking bonanza for your job search. So, don’t pass up a party or extended family get together, and remain sober enough to remember who you meet.

While in New York last week for a friend’s office party, I talked with an agency CEO who said 9 out of 10 people with whom he exchanges business cards at such events never try to follow up with him afterwards. Besides the potential intimidation factor, he feels the low follow-up ratio might be tied to the level of alcohol consumption and ensuing memory loss. So besides knowing when to switch to soda and lime, here are my 10 other tips for successful networking over the holidays.

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