In my upcoming book, Get Back to Work: Smart and Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make your Next Career Move, the fourth chapter – Networking – reviews strategies to successfully build a list of contacts through effective networking to find new job opportunities.
I am sure you have heard the phrase: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” To build this important network of contacts, you have to get out and start networking to build new business relationships or to cultivate the ones you already may have. It’s imperative; after you meet someone, connect on LinkedIn, email and/or phone call to follow up. In this chapter of Get Back to Work, I share some even more helpful tips and strategies to make networking work for you to find your next job opportunity.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
Before you attend a networking event, first decide who you are going to connect with and make quality connections. For added motivation, if you bring someone with you, consider making the outing into a competition of who can acquire the most quality contacts. Secondly, prepare some open-ended icebreaker questions like:
1. How long have you lived in the area?
2. What type of work do you do?
3. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
4. How long have you been involved with this organization?
Also, check out the news before you go to the event so you can be up to date on current events in order to add to the conversation.
Have your “personal introduction” ready and be comfortable and prepared to share about yourself. You may think, “Who wants to speak to me since I don’t have a job?” Remember that it’s all about how you present yourself. Be confident and know what you are looking for. If you don’t want to go alone to a networking event, bring someone from one of the job club groups that you attend. Work the room and listen, listen, listen. People love to share about their passions, and you may find someone with whom you share common interests. In addition, you may meet someone who has a problem you can solve, or you may be able to connect that person with someone who can offer a solution.
Please share any tips below that you have found to be helpful when you were, or are, looking for work.
For more information on my upcoming book, Get Back to Work: Smart and Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move, visit www.GetBacktoWork.biz.
Next week’s topic: Business Cards