Whether you’re searching for a new job or simply want to grow in the role you’re currently in, the holidays are a prime time to do that. This time of year offers a handful of opportunities that few people take advantage of. Stand out by being one of those people. Let’s take a look at four ways you can advance your career before the year is over.
Take on extra responsibility.
The holidays are the perfect time to take on extra responsibility at work. It’s a busy time of year, so your request to pitch in and join a project you wouldn’t normally work on will be well-received by your boss. If one of your colleagues is going on vacation, ask to cover their work while they’re away. It’s a great way to showcase skills you wouldn’t normally get to use, as well as positioning yourself as a team player. If the holidays happen to be a slower time of year in your field of work, you can still take on extra responsibility by offering to assist on end of the year organizational tasks.
Network with as many people as possible.
Networking events are just one way of connecting with people, but certainly not the only way. You can network with people internally at your company as well as networking online. Look for organizations or groups that you’d like to join, both in person and virtually. Utilize LinkedIn for this as well by joining groups and actively participating in conversations. Many groups have ways for members to connect online and offline, so take full advantage of both options.
At the holidays, many networking groups host less formal social get-togethers, which can actually attract more people to attend than a standard event. It’s a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere, so if you typically feel uncomfortable at networking events, these can feel less intimidating. As a bonus, at the holidays people tend to be a bit more charitable and therefore more open to helping someone. Your goal for these events should be to make true connections with people, not simply pass out a bunch of business cards. After the event is over, make sure to follow up with everyone you met.
Clean up your online presence.
Your online presence is a direct reflection of who you are as a professional. This step is especially important if you’re job searching, but still has merit even if a change isn’t on the horizon. Think about the way you want to showcase yourself, and make sure that’s reflected online. You’re creating a personal brand so that potential employers or future clients can get to know you before they meet you.