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Financial Modeling Holiday Networking Tips

The holidays are an excellent time to do some networking. Whether you are looking for a new financial modeling job or not, keeping up with your contacts is important, in fact, vital to your career. The holidays provide many opportunities to network or build your contact list so be sure to use it to your advantage and move through the holidays wisely. Here are some ways to maximize the networking opportunities during the holidays.

Holiday parties – The holiday season is never short of parties. Whether you are attending a work party, a friend’s party, or hosting a holiday party of your own, you will find that these parties are an excellent time for networking. You can network with people you don’t know well in other departments, with new people you meet at a party, or invite people you have lost contact with on your contact list. This can be an excellent way to increase and refresh your contact list and keep your name and qualifications circulating as you search for your next financial modeling job.

Holiday cards – If you have some people on your networking list that you have lost contact with, or would like to get back in touch with but your aren’t sure how, the holidays are an excellent time to get going. Sending out a holiday card to those potential financial modeling contacts can be a great way to keep your name in circulation. It might not be the best time for you to mention that you are looking for a job but it does keep your name out there and on the minds of those you want to have your name in case you want to pursue some financial modeling networking in the new year.

Volunteer – Many people find the holidays an excellent time to give something back to their community.  When volunteering you may find the opportunity to network with other professionals within your community, which can be very advantageous as you proceed with your job search or your career. Many financial modeling professionals find that volunteering within the community gives them a networking opportunity.  Use your time wisely but remember what you are there for and do not just discuss work. You will find that establishing a real relationship with other professionals can be a bigger help than pushing for job leads.

3 Common Networking Mistakes in Financial Modeling

Networking is vital to your job search. If you are looking for a job or hoping to be looking for a job in the near future, it is imperative that you establish a good professional network.  However, when networking, there are misconceptions and mistakes that many job seekers make that need to be considered when trying to successfully network. Consider some of these common networking mistakes that financial modeling job seekers make that can hinder their chances of getting a job.

#1- Not Talking to Their Everyday Acquaintances– There are individuals that you encounter while going about your everyday life. Sometimes you don’t even realize who these people are except in a casual sense. You may know they have a 5 year old and they sit behind you in church or that they always order a Vanilla Latte on Tuesday morning but what these individuals do for a living has never come up. Though this is fine, what if one of them is the head of a human resources department at a company you are hoping to work? What if one of them has been looking for someone with just the skills that you happen to have? If you are a financial modeling job seeker, networking with these everyday acquaintances can be very important.

#2- Being Too Broad in their Networking – Most of us are too modest when networking. As a financial modeling job seeker you want to make certain you are not too broad when stating that you are looking for a job. Do not understate your skills or the fact that you are actively seeking a job. Don’t ask someone if they “know of anything,” ask them if they know of exactly what you are looking for. Being too broad and too passive will not make an individual feel compelled to help nor make you seem too serious in your job search.

#3- Using Social Media Only – Social media is a great way to network. Sites like Facebook and Twitter allow you to get the word out that you are seeking a job and Linked In is a professional networking source by definition. However, these are not the only ways to network and possibly not the best depending upon the type of job you are looking for.  Make sure that you do not solely network via social media. Don’t forget you have a phone and voice– use them.

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