Job Search Tip of the Week #28 (2018)
Caressa Moy | July 9, 2018 | 9:00 am
5 Steps to Conquer Any Networking Event
How to Impress While Networking [INFOGRAPHIC]
At a networking event, have you ever:
- Felt intimidated or uncomfortable in a room full of strangers?
- Been so nervous you made some awkward moves going for the handshake?
- Worried about saying or doing the wrong thing?
- Questioned whether you reacted appropriately to something someone said or did?
- Struggled to remember names? What was said just moments before? Conversations you had with someone you’d met previously?
- Stuck someone’s business card in your pocket and lost it seconds later? (There’s an app for that!)
- Gotten nervous when asked to talk about yourself?
- Avoided situations where you could become the center of (someone’s) attention, aka “wallflowered it?”
…and then second-guessed yourself after it was all over?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, it’s likely that IT career fairs, professional networking events, group/panel interviews – really, any situation that puts pressure on you to present or make a great impression – are sources of anxiety for you. And with the beautiful weather making this summer ripe with networking opportunities, it’s important for you to know how to work a room!
That’s why last week for our “Job Search Tip of the Week,” we published “Get Smart about Career Networking: 4 Strategies for Your (Fourth of July) Job Search Networking.” In case you missed it or just need a quick refresher on how to make the most impressive impression while networking, check out the CareerBliss infographic below for your go-to course of action from here on out:
Remember: You never know when you’re going to meet and talk to someone who can add value to your career. Prepare as much as you can beforehand so that you make a perfect first impression and take full advantage of any networking opportunities!
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Image Credit: “Internal Monologue” by Randall Munroe (xkcd.com)