5 tips to give your career a boost over the Christmas period

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Many will be using the festive period as the perfect time to wind down, switch off and relax and others might be using the time to reflect on their career. If you are thinking about a new career in 2017, we’ve provided some top tips to use the break to get a head start on your job search before you get back to work.

Network at your office Christmas party

Don’t be seduced by the free alcohol or drink-induced antics even if your colleagues are engaging in them, as you don’t want to risk potentially damaging your reputation. Stay sober enough to mingle with people you might want to impress – it could be that there’s a department that interests you that you want to gain some work experience in, or someone you would benefit from shadowing. It’s a great place to start new relationships which you can then build upon once you are back in the workplace – just remember it’s not appropriate to go into a full sales pitch about your capabilities.

Use the break to revamp your CV

If you’re considering applying for new roles the first place to start is bringing your CV and LinkedIn profile up to date. Add new roles, skills, or achievements that you have acquired throughout the year to improve your employability and keep it up to date with both your experience, and abilities.

Meet up with your connections

Christmas is the perfect time for a catch up. You could organise coffee or lunch where you will have the chance to discuss projects you’re working on or things you have coming up in the new year – it’s a great time to remind people why would be a great asset to their organisation or make sure they keep you in mind for any opportunities that arise.

Send Christmas cards or e-cards

If time is short, don’t under-estimate the impact sending a Christmas card to your connections can have – it’s a gentle reminder of who you are and what you do. Attaching a CV or cover letter is a big no, no but you could include your business card or link to your personal website/LinkedIn page to remind them who you are just in case.

Ask the family

Don’t overlook or undervalue the knowledge and contacts your family members may have. At those festive family gatherings, the conversation always turns to work at some point, opening the perfect opportunity for you share your ideas and garner any advice or suggestions.

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