Everyone in my industry writes a list of things job seekers should do during the holiday. Here’s my “don’t” list for CFOs.
— Don’t neglect networking or drive away potential contacts between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Christmas parties are a great time to re-connect in a completely relaxed and non-defensive atmosphere. Don’t ruin future potential leads by ramming your business card or resume in their faces in social settings. That is not the time nor the place.
— Don’t introduce yourself as “unemployed” or “looking for a job” or as “currently in job search mode.” That is not who you are it is your current situation, and is not helpful to you or what new people are interested in knowing about you, at least initially.
— Don’t buy into the misconception that no hiring happens over the holidays (or during the summer). It does. So keep the pedal to the metal so, at minimum, you have momentum heading into the first of the year.
— Don’t wait until you lose your job before you think about your next position. To do so, negatively impacts your marketability and positioning more than you can imagine … until you have to defend why you’re now unemployed.
Oh, by the way, my “don’t list” for Chief Financial Officers looking for their next opportunity applies to anytime, not just the holidays.