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If you thought only parents send holiday cards...

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Thursday, December 16, 2010
Think again. Holiday cards aren't just for people who have cheesy family portraits to send, or proud parents who want to brag about their children's accomplishments in a 5-page letter. You're probably cringing at the idea that your own parents might gush about your siblings and then get to you and say, "well...Susie WAS doing xyz and now she's unemployed. But we're thrilled to have her home for an extended visit over the holidays since she's got the time!"

Forget what you think about holiday cards, and start to imagine the good they can do for you. This is the time of year when people are starting to focus less on work and more on family, travel plans, shopping, baking, and how they would love to stay home tomorrow if it keeps snowing. But you want people in your network to remember that you exist, right? A holiday card can be much friendlier and less intrusive than a pesky email that they don't want to deal with right now. When people open your cards, they will think 1) how thoughtful! and 2) oh yes, John is looking for a new job, I'll have to keep him in mind next year. Plus, those cards sit around and then get opened and read AGAIN!

So put on your boots and a warm snow-proof coat and go buy some holiday cards!

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