8 Networking Tips For Job Seekers
Whether you’re unemployed or would rather play in traffic than go to your current job, use these effective networking tips to help lead you to a better, higher-paying gig.
By Zack Zeigler
#3. HAVE A GOAL STATEMENT
You’re essentially giving someone an elevator pitch as to why they should consider you for a position. So don’t blow it by rambling about every skill you’ve acquired since birth. Put your message in writing a few days before the scheduled networking event. Make sure it’s specific, and then read it over and then rehearse it. “Make sure you know your goal statement and have it ready when you network. Something like, ‘I’d like to work at Amazon or Microsoft, do you have any advice?’” Manciagli suggests.
#4. LISTEN MORE THAN YOU TALK
“People want to talk about themselves,” she says. “Ask them what made them attend the event and what they’re looking for, and the conversation will naturally come back to asking you what you’re there for.” Your want to score their contact info to earn a second chance, like a 30-minute meeting. Establishing a lasting impression as an inquisitive dude who A) knows how to listen, B) can relate to people, and C) comes prepared will improve your chances of making that happen.