The Wall Street Journal reports that many people are altering their traditional, happy-go-lucky Christmas (or Hanukkah) letters to include a bit of networking.
One jobseeker wrote:
If there was ever, in our lifetimes, a year when “we need a little Christmas,” this is surely it.
With the economy and unemployment as they are, I know you, your organization, and your family may be struggling, too, so I’m keeping you in my prayers.
Let’s be sure to talk, sometime in the next few weeks! I, too, am still searching for new employment. Please keep me in mind, if you know a Boston-area organization that can use my entrepreneurial, business management, or technology management skills.
A car dealership vice president’s letter included the words: “For God [sic] sake, buy a car!”
So. We want to know. In the age where people Tweet about their layoffs to complete strangers, is it tacky to mention in your Christmas letter that you’re on the market? Honestly, we’re of two minds here. On the one hand, if you’re sending this thing out to 50 people, that’s 50 more leads you might have—and there’s no shame in asking for help. On the other hand, we’re not sure that a holiday letter, traditionally the place for wellwishes (and bragging about your precious kids) is the appropriate venue. You didn’t want to send an email or pick up the phone to tell Grandma and Cousin Joe that you’re jobless?
Not sure what to think; what do you think?