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Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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Career Network - Networking at Parties


Action Steps

1) Introduce yourself or ask a mutual friend to introduce you to the
contact.
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 an interview.

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 beforehand.)

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 resume.

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 referrals.







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