Thanksgiving Can Be a Great Time for Job Networking

Susan Hall
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If one of your relatives is unemployed, should you bring that up at Thanksgiving? What if you are, should you talk about that? Yes and yes, according to this piece.


Writer Sarah Lorge Butler says the topic can be awkward for everyone, so it's good to bring it out into the open. She quotes Anne Baber, co-author of "Make Your Contacts Count," who says that this can be a good time to talk about your skills with family members and brainstorm how to best put them to work.


This article also warns that the holidays shouldn't be an excuse to lose your job-search momentum. You might think that no one is hiring during the holidays, but that's not true. It says every holiday gathering is a chance to meet new people and gain new leads, such as this.

Here's the No. 1 reason to keep things rolling right now: The way you land your dream job is unpredictable. It could surface in the least-expected place, such as in the serving line as you volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter. You have no idea who might be volunteering right next to you ... or who they know.

And this second article talks about how taking on an attitude of gratitude can help you stand out in a potential employer's mind.

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