Winter Break is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the job/internship search has to. The best possible way to stay proactive and productive over a long break is to network, network, network.

When you are home for a holiday break, it’s important to keep in mind people’s schedules tend to be very busy. People go home for the holidays to visit family and take time off work. Which means you have to be crafty, creative, and patient with your approach to networking over the holiday break.

Attend holiday parties

If you had a previous internship and their office has a holiday party, this is the perfect time to keep those relationships strong with previous coworkers. You never know, they might just hear of a job/internship that you would be perfect for. Or, if you keep those relationships, you might receive a future job offer.

Stay polite

When you reach out to HR Directors, make sure to be mindful of their schedules when setting up meetings, interviews or coffee dates. Be understanding of the chaotic-ness of the season.

Send good wishes

Send an “I hope you have a great holiday” or an “Enjoy your holiday.” You could even say, “I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends.” Any good wish will go a long way and be very appreciated.

Be available

It’s very hard to find time to get together during the holiday season, but the more available you are, the easier it is to find a good time to meet with a possible employer. And, make sure to be clear about the dates and times you are available. It makes it easier for everyone involved.

Always follow up within 24 hours of a meeting with a possible employer, but around the holidays it might be an extra nice gesture to send a hand-written thank you letter.

With all of these tips, you should be on your way to making great connections this holiday season!

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