A look at tips from personal finance bloggers on networking, negotiating salary and getting a raise. By Cameron Huddleston, Online Editor December 4, 2013 If you've been looking for a job, don't use the holidays as an excuse to take a break. This is actually a great time to step up your search, career experts say, because many companies are trying to fill openings that have already been budgeted for before year's end. Also, there's less competition since many job seekers assume employers aren't hiring over the holidays and put their efforts on hold. See How to Beef Up Your Job Search During the Holidays and the advice below from some of our favorite personal finance bloggers for tips to improve your chances of finding employment.SEE ALSO: 7 Tips for Finding a Seasonal Job Plus, I've also rounded up advice for employees as they head into performance reviews. And if you manage to get a bonus this year, there are tips for managing those extra funds wisely. How to Network on a Budget [ReadyForZero] "You don’t need to shell out a lot of money to make new connections and develop professional contacts in your field." How to Negotiate Higher Pay at Your Next New Job [Wise Bread] "To earn an amount that is fair to both you and the employer, research market rates, determine and explain why you are an outstanding candidate, make a reasonable counter-offer, and keep proving and improving your value after you've been hired." Advertisement How to Get a Great Performance Review [Thousandaire] "These performance reviews can have a big impact on whether or not you get a raise, a year-end bonus, and even if you get a promotion in the future." 7 Things to Do When You Get a Raise at Work [Money Crashers] "If you’ve received an increase in pay, celebrate modestly, let it sink in, and when you’re ready, begin planning what to do with the extra funds."