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Career talk at holiday events could turn awkward

Small talk at holiday events could take an awkward, uncomfortable turn when it comes to conversations about careers.

For people still on the job hunt, the subject could be a sensitive one.

"I think it's natural to inquire about what a person does, however, if you know it is a touchy subject with a particular person, I definitely wouldn't bring it up," said Jacqueline Whitmore, author of "Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work" and "Poised for Success."

However, if you're one of the thousands of frustrated Americans still on the job search, every opportunity to mingle with others should be considered a networking opportunity.

"You could potentially meet someone that could help you find a job," said Whitmore.

Ultimately, no matter your mood, try to stay positive at any type of social gathering, be polite and if asked uncomfortable questions, Whitmore said honesty is always the best policy.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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