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 last few Career Corner posts we have discussed some of the tips to get you in the flow. Here’s the last tip for you:
Tip #5 – Master the art of “conversation diving.”
This is where you “jump in” to a conversation already taking place between two other people. The idea is to find a common ground with whatever they’re talking about. Maybe they work in a related field as you do. Perhaps they’ve just name-dropped someone who you have worked for/with before. Or, they could be discussing the last career networking event they attended, and you were there as well. Don’t interrupt – just wait for a pause, take a deep breath and plunge in. Be sure to smile and use plenty of positive nonverbal gestures – so they know you’re nice, and worth getting to know.
The great news about career networking: the more you do it, the easier it gets. It’s a great way to make contacts towards finding your ideal career. If you want to brush up before attending the really big events, then scan your local paper for career networking opportunities. Show up at a few of these, where you won’t feel so pressured. Practice your conversation skills! Then, when a really big career networking opportunity comes along, you’ll be ready to rock and roll.
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