12 RULES OF NETWORKING
Networking opportunities are everywhere for job seekers. To capitalize on these opportunities, the following tips should assist you in your job search:
- When at a group activity, meet as many people as you can. Don't sit with the same people you came with. Introduce yourself to new people. Include all ages, genders, and cultures.
- Exchange business cards if you have them. Explain what you do.
- At group gatherings, Wear a name tag, include your business, and a line to stimulate interest. Example: "We do the impossible and the unique!"
- Act like a host, not a guest. Introduce yourself. Help others make connections also.
- Save business discussions for later. Don't mix business discussions with your networking attempts.
- Keep moving. Don't talk to any one person for too long; make an appointment or move on.
- Be proactive. Don't wait for others to suggest what they might do for you; look for ways to help them.
- Follow up. Write notes or call back. Set appointments to meet.
- Avoid too much small talk; time is valuable. Explore how you can support each other.
- Establish a goal for yourself. Try to meet at least five new people. Try to find one person with whom you can set an appointment.
- Look for ways to help others. Introduce new friends to people you think they should know.
- Keep the contacts you meet. Call back just to stay in touch and up-to-date. Send a thank-you note or some piece of information you think may be of interest, whenever you can.
SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.D.s, You Should Hire Me! (Manassas Park: Impact Publications), page 38. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.