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Have Yourself a Merry Little LinkedIn

November and December are great times to celebrate the holidays, and you can do it on LinkedIn (and other social media), too. Use the season to reconnect with older LinkedIn acquaintances and develop new connections.Here are some ways to celebrate LinkedIn and your favorite holidays.

12 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with LinkedIn

Decorating

While decorating your home, take a break and spruce up your LinkedIn profile for the holidays, too.

First, if you haven’t, customize your LinkedIn profile address. Then you have the option of including the link in your new LinkedIn ID in holiday cards, newsletters, and eCards.

If you’re not happy with your LinkedIn photo, add a better one. It doesn’t have to be a studio portrait, but it does need to look professional.

Fill out your profile details. Or improve the ones you have.

Add work samples, a slideshare stack, or a link to a blog post.

There are online tools and apps to add Santa hats, beards, mustaches, New Year’s Glasses, to gussy up your photos. They probably are better for other media than LinkedIn. But if you are a creative person, you might add a holiday theme to your profile’s banner photo.

Remember that LinkedIn is a business site. But businesses do promotions, ad campaigns, and celebratory images during the holiday season, too. If you know your customers and connections also like Christmas, you can even consider a 12 Days of Christmas theme by offering some appropriate content to build Profile or Company Page views. On LinkedIn, though, it’s better to err on the side of good taste.

Give Thanks

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Nov. 26th, but the idea of giving thanks is universal.

Say thanks to your clients, customers, and LinkedIn friends.

Real Holiday Parties

The end of the year is a time for IRL (In Real Life) celebrating, including New Year’s Eve, the world’s most popular party. Whether you are job hunting or just building your network, parties are a great way to reconnect with old friends and network with new ones. Contract workers, temps and telecommuters may have opportunities to meet with colleagues at the office party – take advantage if you can. Don’t overdo the alcohol, though. Getting drunk is not a good way to make an impression with your new connections.

Bring your business cards (with your LinkedIn address), too, to hand out if you get the chance.

Holiday decorations

Holiday Cards

If you send Thanksgiving cards, Hannukkah cards, Christmas cards, or New Year greetings, include a brief note describing your job hunting successes for the year and an announcement that you’re still looking, if that’s the case.

Sending out ecards? Download your LinkedIn contacts and their email addresses, and you’ll find it easier to send multiple ecards than sending individual messages on LinkedIn.

Even if you’re not the holiday card type, add some sort of holiday greeting and your LinkedIn profile link to your email signature. This should be possible with any email manager. Want to be a bit more artistic? Check out WiseStamp to add a photo, icons, links and more.

Jobhunting for the Holidays

Contrary to popular belief, the end of the year is a good time for job hunting.

New Year’s Day starts many businesses’ New Fiscal Year. Companies are finishing their 2016 budgets right now, and those budgets likely include money for new hires. Each new fiscal year brings new hiring possibilities.

Many employment contracts stop at the end of the year. Some workers are waiting to the end of the calendar year to retire. Many job hunters, though, put their job search on hold in December. If you are looking for a job, this is a good time, even though you may need to be more flexible to find an interview time.

Give a LinkedIn Gift

A gift of a LinkedIn Endorsement, or even better, a real Recommendation is a gift that can keep on giving in the new year. If your connections are writing on LinkedIn Publisher, comments are worth their weight in LinkedIn gold (all year). Praise, commentary, ideas and links can all help meet the writer’s goal of attracting new viewers. It gives you social cred on LinkedIn, too.

Gift Yourself an App

Download one of the many LinkedIn apps (including ones for Groups, Job Hunting, or the basic LinkedIn app) to your Apple or Android phone or tablet. The very new Groups app for the iPhone has gotten good reviews from users. If you use Microsoft Office, try out LinkedIn’s Outlook plugin.

Be Generous

If you don’t have much money this season, be generous with your time and your ideas if you can.

If you can afford it, find your favorite nonprofit on LinkedIn (or off), and make a donation.

Deal with Depression

With media images of family celebrations everywhere, the holidays can be depressing for single people. Reach out to others on social media and to family. You might not be as alone as you think.

If you’ve been job hunting for a long time, the holidays can intensify financial difficulties. Reach out to others. Go to a free holiday concert or celebration to be with others. Be open to new networking connections, too.

Those with families and jobs can reach out to those without, too. Remember, we’re a mobile global family. With so many millions of movers, immigrants and refugees around the world, you probably know somebody who is having their first holiday in your community and who may be a bit intimidated by the holidays and local traditions. Reach out to them, too.

Frosted Gingerbread Cookies & Cutters

New Year’s Resolutions

Almost everybody has a New Year’s resolution to be better organized in the New Year. See our Frugal Guidance 2 series on getting organized. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. There are a lot of free tools. The important thing is to plan to plan.

Set out your networking, job hunting, and LinkedIn goals for the new year.

Resolve to learn one new thing about LinkedIn or other social media each day or week – whichever schedule works best for you.

Resolve to spend 10-15 minutes on LinkedIn each day, to comment in a group, share a link, write a post, or just be more active on LinkedIn.

Take a break

LinkedIn isn’t the only place to celebrate the holidays – thank goodness. Carve out some time for the family and friends, too.

Holiday greetings

Remember, LinkedIn has a wide, international membership, with people from around the world with different religions and national holidays. It’s a great time to learn about other cultures and celebrations as well as enjoying your own.

Our next post will be just about end-of-the-year celebrations. Use it to connect with others for the holidays.

Please add your own holiday suggestions in the comments, below.

Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas (one day or twelve), Hanukkah, Diwali, Bodhi Day, Milad un Nabi, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or just trying to hold on until National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (Dec.30th) and New Year’s Day football games, Happy Holidays to you!

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Original title photo “Christmas Bauble” used by permission of “Teerapun” and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Enhanced for web presentation with Topaz Simplify and Photoshop.

“Christmas Decoration” used by permission of “Feelart” and FreeDigitalPhotos.net, enhanced with Photoshop and Topaz plugins.

“Christmas Gingerbread Cookies and Metal Cookie Cutters” used by permission of OZphotographyand FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Enhanced with Photoshop and Topaz plugins.

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