The holidays are a time of being with family and friends, lots of parties and time for career networking. That means it can also be important when it comes to finding work after college.

Career networking –beyond facebook—can start at home over the turkey.

career networkingThis is a good time to ask friends and family how they got the jobs they have, what they have learned over the years and what advice they may have for you.  It is a good time to share your career networking ideas and what you are thinking for your first job out of college and to see if there is anyone that they know in their networks who might be willing to give an informational interview or have a summer job or internship opportunity.

Share what you are learning and how you see it relating to work you may do some day. You can discuss how that research paper showed you how to approach digging into solving a problem in the workplace or heading a club showed you how to manage people.

Most important though is showing interest in what others have to say and what you can learn from them. People are flattered to be asked to share their stories.

Career networking now will make a good impression to benefit you later.

So don’t have too much punch over the holiday break. Use this time for some positive career networking to advance your post college job plans and have a good time in the process.

Marcia CantarellaYou can find more on the job search in Chapter 10 of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide by Marcia Y. Cantarella PhD

Marcia Y. Cantarella, PhD, has held positions at Hunter College, Princeton University, New York University, and Metropolitan College of New York. During her 22 year career as a dean and vice president of student affairs she has enhanced the academic experiences of and outcomes for generations of students and is an expert on career networking.