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1) Introduce yourself or ask a mutual friend to
introduce you to the
2) Mention something you admire that they have
done, or about their company.
3) Get a sense if the person is willing to
discuss work at a social event
and if they are continue by asking questions.
4) Express your interest in speaking to them
further at a later date and ask
If they would mind if you contacted them.
5) Follow up the following week with a phone call
asking if they would like
to meet for coffee.
Follow Up call:
Intorduce yourself and establish rapport by
refering to the situation in
which you met. Relieve any tension by letting
them know that you not asking
for a job or if the contact knows of any.
Let them know that you are exploring ideas about
your next career step and
are seeking information and advice. Do not be
quick to hand out your resume
at this stage. Instead promote yourself verbally
since a resume often breaks
the rapport building and turns the meeting into
The contact is likely to ask what they can do for
you so set the agenda by
concisely laying out what you want to discuss.
(You can do this only if you
have a clear idea of what you need to say and ask
Start by summarizing your background and
experience. Then foster dialogue by
asking questions. Prepare key questions in
advance. The more specific, the
better. After asking them, listen to the answers
to ensure two-way
communication. Acknowledge and respond to what
the person is saying. Get
feedback on your job search plan, objectives and
If the person sees obstacles you might face in
reaching your career goal,
then ask for advice on how to overcome them. If
he or she can't help you,
ask if they know someone who can.
One of your objectives in networking is to get