One: Let others “snooze & lose” while you keep a hand in the game.
Many other job seekers – your competitors – will take time off now. All the more opportunity for you, if you keep at it.
Two: Be talking to people!
Do attend events, meet new people and deepen relationships. A party might not be the best time for an in-depth discussion of career matters (or then again, it might – use your social intuition), but you can certainly make connections with an eye on reaching out later for one-on-one networking meetings. Connecting on LinkedIn or Facebook is often a good first step, and you can do it on the spot with your smart phone.
Three: Make good use of those friendly inquiries.
Capitalize on the question “How’s your job search going?” with this surprising suggestion.
Four: Be prepared for these three networking-crucial questions, too.
Plan networking-friendly answers to three questions most job seekers flunk: “What do you do?”, “What are you looking for?” and “What happened to your job?”
Five: Keep your wits about you at those parties.
Anybody you meet could possibly be a connection to a new job, or maybe could put in a good word, or a bad one. You don’t need to be as polished as a talk show host, nor as careful as a politician (hmm, are they even careful?!?), but remember you’re job hunting and go easy on the punch. If there was ever a good time for doing something crazy at a Christmas party . . . this ain’t it!