Networking doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If you’re looking for a job, attending a networking event can help you meet valuable contacts and gain useful information—it may even lead to your dream job!
Here are a few tips to make the most out of your networking event:
1. Have a Clear Objective
Think about two or three outcomes you’re hoping to get out of the event (e.g., leave with three new prospect contacts or meet someone from your target company or industry).
2. Be Prepared
Bring plenty of business cards and have an elevator pitch ready (a 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do, what sets you apart and the type of job or business you’re pursuing). Also, don’t forget to dress professionally. There’s only one chance to make a first impression! Since you will be standing for a while, make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
3. Be Confident
When introducing yourself, smile and make eye contact. Your handshake should be brief but firm.
4. Listen and Show Interest
When you meet someone, show that you’re genuinely interested by listening first and by asking questions about their professional background.
5. Be authentic
To network effectively, avoid corporate jargon and just be yourself. Let your personality shine!
Send a personalized email to your new contacts mentioning something about your conversation. Let them know how much you enjoyed speaking with them and express your appreciation for any insight or tip they have shared with you. Ask them if they would like to meet up for an informal interview.
Networking is one of the most important job-search strategies and a great opportunity to build business relationships. Follow these tips on how to network effectively to enjoy a rewarding experience. If you are looking for networking events and professional learning opportunities in the Dallas Fort Worth area, click here to see upcoming events organized by Prospanica DFW, The Association of Hispanic Professionals.