Make a plan to optimize your job search efforts over the holidays. Research events that are happening in your area, use sites such as www.eventbrite.ca, local Chamber of Commerce, business associations, and community groups. Book them into your calendar.
Set Your Goals to meet and speak with at least 3 people at each event. Be prepared to respond to the question " what do you do? " by stating your skills or interests, such as "I manage IT systems to enhance the users experience" or " I am a budding pastry chef ", whatever is true for you. You never know who you will meet. If appropriate, you can ask to connect with them online via LinkedIn to keep the conversation going!
Volunteering for a special event or joining a service organization is another way to boost spirits and engage with the community. It is a great way to meet new people and expand your network, as well as provide structure to your routine. Giving back can be so rewarding on many different levels.
Currently, there is a call out for job search volunteers to assist with a 3-week study being undertaken by Seneca College in collaboration with the Career Professionals of Canada. The purpose of the study is to assess the benefits of hypnosis in reducing career-related stress. If you are interested, you can learn more at https://careerprocanada.ca/research-study-hypnosis-and-job-search-stress/
Work the Plan by showing up at each event prepared to meet new people, knowing that you have lots to offer. Connect with them on social media to let them know that you appreciated talking with them. Arrange a follow up meeting, if you identified some common ground during your conversation.
By making and implementing a job search plan over the holidays, you can expand your network. One of your new contacts may very well refer you to your next employment opportunity. What a great way to start 2019!
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