7 Ways to Properly Crash Company Christmas Parties If You're NOT an Employee
The best part about not being invited to company Christmas parties is the excitement of crashing it! It takes preparation, a positive attitude and a true party girl to be able to dwell amongst a room full of strangers. But that can be you! There is an art to successfully crashing parties, and if you don't want to feel like the odd man out—check out these 7 tips!
1. Dress for the occasion
No, this isn't the moment to throw on your shortest, most revealing little black dress. You'll be amongst a room full of professionals, who could potentially be your new coworkers. You just never know who you'll be exchanging business cards with. Try to stick to Holiday themed colors; look approachable and fun. What you wear is going to be a first impression.
2. Don't go alone
Be ready to catch a few awkward stares and discomfort when you first arrive. If you can help it- DO NOT party crash by yourself. Have a safety net of one or two friends to tag along. It will make your experience a little less nerve wrecking and a lot more enjoyable.
3. First Stop: The Bar
If you can successfully make an entrance without looking misplaced, you've survived the worst. Head to the open bar and down a few drinks to help the night run a bit smoothly. Christmas parties are supposed to be fun, and although you're invite got lost in the mail—the drinks are for you to enjoy! Be cognoscente of your alcohol intake though, worst case scenario you'd become a drunk embarrassment.
4. Be The Life Of The Party On The Dance Floor
What's the point of crashing the party if you're going to be a wallflower? You could have stayed home if your intentions were to be sitting down the entire night. Dance! Two step and have drunk fun with everyone; become the life of the party.
5. Leave Your Shyness At Home! Talk To Everyone
As much as you are there to party, this is also a grand opportunity to network. Don't walk in with the mindset that you're going to blend in and only live it up with your friends.
6. Meet The Boss!
Getting a job is less about who you know and MORE about who knows you. You've already made it this far, so act on the opportunity to make yourself known. Find the manager or anyone with authority and introduce yourself. Don't be afraid to sell yourself and inform them on what you do and show off your knowledge of the company. It should come out within natural conversation, but come prepared beforehand. Know if the company has any openings that are of interest to you, or the person you specifically would love to chat with. Do some research and have some talking points. This could open many doors!
7. Smile And Laugh A LOT
When you're amidst a room full of new faces, the goal is to get people attracted to you. Smiling and laughing is the best way to get noticed and look approachable. People are probably already in their selective cliques, so by looking friendly, there's a greater chance someone will opt to let a newbie in on the fun. Let your personality stand out. Be fun, and make your presence enjoyable!