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December is a great time to reconnect with your contacts by sending them a holiday card. Whether sending an e-card or an actual piece of "snail mail" to your contacts, let them know a little about how you've been doing, any news that you have to report from the past year, and what you're currently seeking. For example: "2008 has been a tremendous year! I completed my bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama and have been doing some freelance work for an online political magazine, slate.com. I'm continuing to search for a full-time position involving political writing and hoping to find something in the southeast. Hope to reconnect with you in 2009! Best to you and yours this holiday season." If a contact has been especially helpful to you over the last year, add a personal note such as "Thank you again for speaking to me earlier this year and offering to look over my resume. You've been a great help and I appreciate your time and generosity." or "Thanks again for your help with the software project. Your assistance made all the difference!"
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|