These are two of the leading questions at any social event. Wouldn’t it be great to use this lead-in for job prospecting and networking?
Make it happen. Some of the easiest ways to do so include prompting questions:
- “I’m currently researching new opportunities in the marketing field. Specifically, I’d like to expand upon my brand management experience. If you hear of something that might be a good fit, I’d love to connect with you.” Then hand them a professional, pre-printed business card with your contact information.
- “Knowing that you are in laboratory science, I’d like to hear about trends you see in the industry. Would you be open to meeting for a cup of coffee next week?” Exchange contact information and follow up the next day to schedule a 20-minute meeting.
- “We are currently searching for a web developer. Who has your company used?”
A network is as powerful as you make it. Personally, mine has connected me with new business opportunities at every stage of my career. Ways that I stay in touch are by calling contacts that I haven’t seen in a few months, passing along articles of interest and reconnecting over lunch.
Now is the prime time to add to your contact list. Think of all the activities that come along with the changing seasons – festivals, weddings and barbecues are just a few. Networking is about meeting people. Go out there and have fun!