It is a time to get noticed, but make sure it's the right kind of notice. This year, have a game plan to take advantage of this time with colleagues and managers in a relaxed setting, says Vicki Salemi, author of Big Career in the Big City. “An office party is a great way to put in face time with leadership,” she notes. So venture away from your clique—network and have fun. Stuck in a dead-end conversation? Say you see someone you recognize and want to say hello, Salemi suggests, adding, “This is an opportunity to spread your wings.”
Be prepared to network. Know something about other departments or recent promotions or awards so you can compliment others.
Keep your business cards handy in a pocket so you can easily give your contacts to someone from another department when asked.
Hold your glass in your left hand so you can shake hands with your right. No one wants to shake a cold hand that's been wrapped around a wet icy drink.
Keep the conversation light but smart.
After the party, follow up with new contacts. Send a pleasant email a day or so later to say how you enjoyed your conversation and wish them a Happy New Year!
Finally, be merry and mingle!