Our best advice for advancing your career during the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 12, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Don’t neglect your career this holiday season!

Holiday_Skippy_WreathWhether you’re searching for a job or looking to advance your career, the holidays offer plenty of opportunities – if you know where to look. Below are some of my favorite tips for making the most of the holiday season, from managing your brand to uncovering new job leads.

Capitalize on the holiday hiring myth

Many believe companies do little hiring in December, but HR execs call it a myth. December may in fact be your best chance to get hired, so get your application in. Click on the following link to learn more about the holiday hiring myth and what you can do to capitalize on this misconception.

Leverage the holidays for job-search success

The job market doesn’t take the holidays off and neither should you. While your competition is busy sipping eggnog, take advantage of this opportunity to move your job-search efforts ahead. Click on the following link to learn how to capitalize on the holiday season to benefit your job search.

Network your way through the holidays

The holidays are an especially great time to put your networking skills to work. Whether it’s a corporate event or a get-together with friends and family, each gathering offers an opportunity to advance your career or job search. Learn how to make the most of these events with our holiday networking survival guide

Protect your brand from holiday mishaps

Who says you can’t network at work? Play your cards right and your corporate holiday party becomes a great chance to network with colleagues you don’t normally see and build up your professional brand. Click on the following link to learn how to keep your reputation intact at work functions, and keep your career headed in the right direction.

Do some damage control for a holiday party mishap

It can take years to build up your professional brand at your organization and only one night – and a few too many drinks – to severely damage it. Click on the following link to learn how to repair your reputation after a holiday party blunder.

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Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Submit your question here for a chance to have it answered in her weekly column, and be sure to follow her at @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and “Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.

 

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