Networking is considered the most effective way of finding a job – particularly in challenging economic times. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. But networking is most effective when certain protocols are followed.
Learn Networking Etiquette and more during an ImageDesign Networking Presentation:
- Approaching a group of people already in conversation.
- Introducing two people who don’t know each other
- Presenting your business card and resume to a potential employer
- How to craft a brief introduction that will highlight your skills
- Following-up effectively in order to reach your networking goals
Often University Networking Programs are held in conjunction with a Career Fair or a Sponsorship Meet and Greet. Students will learn and practice the conversational skills that they need in order to approach new contacts and begin lifelong relationships that will lead to jobs, mentoring, and professional success.
The concept of networking is simple. You meet business people in a group setting in order to learn more about their profession, and whether it makes sense to work together. Below the surface, however, there is more at stake. Others are judging you on whether you fit in with their culture, and whether you have the “likability” factor. If you want the situation to work in your favor, you need to focus on your networking etiquette. This means perfecting your 30-second introduction, dressing the part, and asking the right questions. These topics and more are covered in an ImageDesign Networking Presentation.
See my previous blog post on Dressing for Networking.