Friday, April 26, 2013

SMART Job Seeker Cheat Sheet: Networking

By Mary Salvino, Career Management Coach

This easy-to-use cheat sheet pulls together the best tips, tricks, and advice from our archives.  It has been created to provide clear recommendations on how to address the most common areas for improvement related to networking:
  • Know why you want to connect with people:
    • Don’t collect contact information just for the sake of collecting contact information
    • Identify and follow the names of the key people in your industry
  • Build on-line and/or off-line rapport with people in your industry before you need it
  • Never eat or drink coffee alone
  • Attend industry and social events on a regular basis
  • Be interesting:
    • Maintain a list of socially acceptable ‘talking points’
    • Ask good questions
  • Offer/Introduce your contacts to other people they may be interested in meeting
  • Support your local non-profit organizations
  • Stay organized
  • Follow-up on your word

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