A lot of good opportunities can come from attending a party you weren’t necessarily invited to. Just look how well things worked for Cinderella when she wouldn’t take no for an answer. You might not find your prince by crashing a slew of holiday parties but perhaps you’ll find your next job.
I don’t suggest actually crashing some one’s private party. That is unless you think the gutsy prohibited appeal to the boss will land you a job instead of having you hauled off by security.
Instead try to become everyone’s plus one for their company Christmas parties. This will give you the opportunity to meet an entire work place at once in a casual setting.
Company Christmas parties aren’t the only events worth crashing. Make sure you check out the holiday festivities taking place in the community too. The season brings gatherings and activities for all sorts of people to town. Check with churches and shopping centers to see what they have planned and mark your calendar.
Don’t over sell yourself but put your professionalism and social skills on display. Pass out business card sized resumes to key players when you are introduced. Participate in the activities they have planned to show you’re a team player and you will be sure to leave a good impression.
You might not have a fairy godmother to provide you with a fancy frock but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. Your best bet is to try to borrow something swanky from a friend’s formal collection otherwise you can repurpose what you’ve worn before. Since you’re crashing it’s likely no one there has seen you before to know the outfit you picked is an encore performance from last year’s selection.
It doesn’t always have to be a big blast either. Meet new people and boost your job search by volunteering while opportunities are plentiful this time of year. Working closely with the less fortunate might also give you the chance to change your attitude about your current situation.
You have to get out there if you’re going to go anywhere. Start with the fun stuff and see where it goes from there.What happened at the best Christmas party your employer ever provided?
By Heather Fairchild - Heather is a multimedia developer with experience in web, film, photography and animation as well as traditional fine arts like painting and sculpting. In addition to writing for Nexxt, she is co-founder of design and promotion company. Heather’s spare time consists of making puppets, teaching Sunday School, building Legos and doing science experiments with her children.