The holiday season is an ideal time for getting the word out that you're job searching. If you are attending a holiday gathering or any other type of party, it is appropriate to mention in casual conversation that you are seeking employment.
Accept all the invitations you receive - you never know where or when you might meet someone who can provide job search help.
My stepson was not only offered a co-op position by one of my friends that he met at a party at our house, he was also remembered a year later when the company was hiring for a full-time job. Yet again, he networked to gather grad school advice at a holiday party at our house - and ended up with an offer to have his essays reviewed by an expert.
Also, it's not too late (getting close, but not quite there yet) to send a holiday (or Happy New Year) thank you card or email to everyone who has helped with your job search this year. Everyone appreciates a thank you!
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