Professional networking can be very intimidating especially if you aren’t particularly outgoing, but everyone needs to do it. It’s not only important while job searching, but also vital to staying employed, to salary growth, and to job satisfaction. Here are seven networking tips that will help you become a successful networker and make a lasting impression.
- Focus on quality over quantity
Don’t worry about meeting a lot of people. It’s more important to make one great connection than 20 superficial ones.
- Get an introduction
When you’re introduced to someone versus introducing yourself, it makes a stronger impression, especially if the person making the introduction is someone of importance or authority.
- Be a good listener
Pay close attention when you’re talking with someone – don’t just focus on your own agenda/purpose. Build a connection by asking questions, because people will remember you if you’ve established a connection, whether it’s personal or professional.
- Prepare key discussion points
Be prepared to clearly articulate what you do and why. What’s your ‘elevator speech’? What makes you interesting or different from others doing the same thing?
- Put your phone away
Staring at your phone will make you look unapproachable and you’ll miss what’s happening around you. Your goal is to meet people and talk to them face-to face. Limit phone use to sporadic glances so worthwhile connections aren’t missed.
- Ask open-ended questions
This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how rather than those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This will open up the discussion and show listeners you are interested in what they are saying.
- Practice daily
The more you network, the easier it gets, so step outside your comfort zone whenever you get the chance. Start a conversation with co-workers just to stay in practice. If you’re new to networking and don’t know how to get started, join LinkedIn group, seek out alumni events through your college or university, find and attend local business and professional meetings, or join a club or organization. Don’t let networking intimidate you. There are many benefits to it that go beyond just trying to land your next job.
Visit Torch Group’s Candidate Resource page for more useful job seeker tips and advice.
- Posted by Stuart Glassman
- On October 22, 2016
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