You may often ask yourself, why are there so many networking events when no one enjoys actually attending them? Well it’s simple, networking events are an essential job search and sales tool, they are a great way to bring people in the same industry together, and they’re extremely effective.
If done correctly, networking can be one of the easiest and important ways to create business opportunities, whether you’re looking for a job or to increase job sales.
Here are some tips to ensure that your next networking event is a successful one:
Think about what you want to accomplish by the time the event is over. Do you want to speak with at least 5 people? Would you like to walk away with a major contact from a specific company? Well then don’t leave until you do. If you set goals and write them down, you’re more likely to attain them.
If you arrive when registration opens, you’ll have time to speak with people before the speaker or presentation starts. It will also give you a chance to network with someone new before either your friends arrive.
Ask Open-Ended Questions
Make sure any questions you ask someone cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. Instead of asking “have you attended this event before?”, ask “what do you enjoy most about attending these types of events?” Try asking questions that start with who, what, where, when, why, and how.
Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready
While we don’t recommend being the first one to bring up your business (or lack thereof), you still need to be prepared for when you’re asked “what do you do?”. Don’t just name your company and your position (or your desired position), give a little 20 second speech about your duties and skills. Rehearse what you’re going to say, but don’t make it sound too rehearsed.
Searching for a job can sometimes be a job within itself. To make the process quick and painless, consider speaking with a professional staffing and recruiting company. And if you’re located in Dallas-Fort Worth and looking for an IT position, Maxsys Solutions can help.