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Career Corner: Career Networking – Shining at In-Person Events – Tip #3

Ready for some in-person career prospecting? Good for you.

Career networking isn’t nearly as tough as you might think. After all… you’re in a roomful of people who are just as nervous and eager to make a connection as you are. Basically, that means you’ve got a whole lot in common with everyone there. So take a deep breath, and get ready to make a terrific impression at your next career networking event. In the next several Career Corner posts are some tips to get you in the flow:

Tip #3 – Take your conversational cues from your surroundings.

If you’re like most people, it can feel funny to just strike up conversation with a total stranger. Get past the awkward first moments by looking for commiseration cues. What’s happening right now that nearly anyone there would be able to relate to? Is there a really long line to get in? Did everyone get stuck in traffic on the way to the event? Is the weather absolutely gorgeous? Casually bring it up – or offer up the compliment. If they seem receptive, take it wherever the chat may lead…

Career networking can be easier than you think it is. Just relax and be yourself. Ideas for conversation topics will come to you, don’t worry.

Break a leg,

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach