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5 tips for expanding your professional network over the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for personal assistants, chauffeurs and other domestic staff, but they can also be a period of great opportunity. If you've been considering making a career change or expanding your horizons in your current field, the end of the year is a great time to start networking and taking advantage of holiday parties and vacation time to reconnect with people who can help.

Below are a few of our favorite tricks for expanding your professional network over the holidays. Whether you have some time off to focus on rebuilding your resume and reaching out, or you're busy helping your employer plan their own holidays, these tips can be done in your spare time over the season:

Connect at parties – Holiday parties are a great time to network and connect with other people in your industry, as well as friends of your employer. You might discover another job opening right around the corner with a more lucrative offer, or make a new friend that could help you switch industries entirely.

Reconnect with college friends and professors – The holidays are a time for nostalgia and memories, so take the opportunity to reconnect with old buddies and college professors who might be able to help you in your job search. Sending Christmas cards is a great way to reconnect in a way that helps foster future conversations without creating expectations.

Rebuild your resume – If you have some time off over the holidays, this is a great time to rebuild your resume and update your LinkedIn and other online profiles. Keeping these resources up-to-date is critical for networking and job searching in the digital age. Remember to connect with potential job leads online and foster those relationships.

Use family connections – If you're spending time with the family over the holidays, don't be afraid to reach out. You never know who they might know who's looking to hire someone in your field, whether it's a personal chef or a nanny.

Visit a staffing agency – If you have some extra time off, consider visiting a domestic staffing agency to discuss your career options and get their expert advice on your job search.

Colonial Domestic Agency offers expert job placement and advice in the domestic services, whether you're an estate manager or a personal assistant. If you're looking for a new job this holiday season, or are simply considering your options and looking for a new resource to take advantage of, contact us today and we can explore any new opportunities that might come your way.