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EP 1663 I speak about a simple technique to reconnect with people you’ve had relationships with during the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s holiday season.

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm referred to as The Big Game Hunter, because I've been coaching people to play the game of their careers, their job search, their lives BIG! Anyway, let me come back to this serious matters, which is networking that doesn't take a lot of time.

Now, for a lot of you, you've disconnected with people that you haven't been in contact with for a long time. He just haven't tried to stay in touch. That's okay. I want to offer you a simple tip that doesn't take a lot of time that lets you do some network and reopen the line of connection with people that you may have dropped. Now, you're thinking of job hunting, and you want to rebuild your network. So, here's what you do during this Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's period in the US, and this is this is US centric advice. It's Europeans advice. I'm not sure how it plays in Asia. But there are comparable holidays, you can work with your culture, that this will make sense.

But, in the US, in Western cultures where there's a Judeo Christian orientation, you're covering a couple different holidays. And it's a time of year where people kind of go into a little easier mode, and they're more receptive to people reaching out to them.

Now, I want to be clear, this isn't about, you know, anything that's job related. This is about reopening a connection with someone who you haven't spoken with a long time, the actual physical connection or the phone or Skype or what have you connection you'll do after the new year.

But, for now, what I want you to do is write a letter as though you're writing to your best friend who you haven't seen in a long time, and you're telling them what has happened to you and your family over the past year, starting January, talk about some of the January events. Go to February some of the things you and your family did. Go through the entire year of events and do it as as a note to them. Then, start sending out emails to folks. You don't have to mail this, you can just do an email to the most recent address. If it bounces you can find them online. Contact them through their firm and very simply call the reception. This part would take more time. But contact the reception at the firm they're working for and ask what their email address is. You send a note to them.

"Haven't spoken with you for a long time. Want to wish you happy holidays and Happy New Year. And, If they are Christian,you go Merry Christmas . . . you get the drill. For Jews, you do Happy Hanukkah. You do things that are appropriate for the cultural recipient. If you're not sure, Season's Greetings always works nicely.

So, again, you craft a note to people, and you send that out during this holiday period. "I know we haven't spoken for a long time, but I thought I would reach out to you during this time of year. wish you well for the new year, and just bring you up to date on what's been going on in my life. And you go through the events that took place. You send it off, and do nothing.

Do nothing until the second week in January when you start picking up the phone and calling people saying, "Hi, how are you It's been a long time. Just like to say 'hi,' and reconnect on the personal level at that point and even then, you don't talk about jobs. What you're trying to do is make connections with people and you chat. Maybe, in your note you mentioned you started looking for a job. And that's all you say. And then in the new year, you pick up and just call. Your network has been reconnected and you'll have more people who can help you.

I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. My website is; there's a lot more than you can watch, listen to or read to help you find work more quickly. If we are connnected on LinkedIn, send a connection request on Also want to mention if you're interested in my coaching you to job search success, there's information about that my website. I've coached many, many people over the years to help them find work.

Hope you have a great day. Take care


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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