How to Make Networking Work for You
The easiest way to network is to meet people through friends, family and colleagues. Get referrals. Let everyone you know that you are looking for a job or at least ready to expland your career horizons.
Use social media to your benefit. Be sure that your online presense is up to date for recruiters. Use LinkedIn, Google plus, and Twitter. Comment on Links or Posts of people that you would like to be in touch with.
When you do meet someone, never ask directly for a job. Let them know what you can offer them.
Make sure you let the other person speak. Focus on them, their interests, observe them, talk about their career.
Ask the person you are networking with who else they can suggest that you speak to. Always try to leave the conversation with at least one other name.
You can ask if they will review your resume. This gives you something that you can send to them and it will let you show them what you have done.
Don’t take up too much of their time. Be mindful of how long you are talking.
Find a reason to follow up. It is always good to leave a networking situation with a reason to stay in touch with the person. This way you can count them as one of your contacts.
Present a memorable success story. Leave them with a memorable event so that you will stay in their mind.
Follow up with an email that night or the next day. Thank them for their time and mention something interesting that you discussed.