As a recent networking event wraps up, you collect your stack of business cards, say your goodbyes, and head home. But how do you actually turn those conversations into tangible job leads?
Jane** was energetic about connecting with people at the industry mixer last night. She had some great conversations but left feeling uncertain about her next steps. While mingling is a start, Jane realized she needs a strategy to nurture these new connections into opportunities.
Many job seekers network with gusto but struggle to convert casual chats into employment leads. Relying on chance meetings at events often isn’t enough.
According to career coach urvi, networking success requires forethought and follow-through.
Here are three tips she suggests:
Research attendees beforehand to identify key people you want to connect with. Look for shared interests and potential alignment.
Listen intently during conversations to uncover mutual challenges. Offer insights from your experience and explore where you could collaborate.
Follow up through LinkedIn connections, recapping memorable parts of your chat. Share articles or opportunities relevant to their interests.
By applying these strategies, you can organically transition from networking to building relationships. Ask about opening doors to the right people at their company. Offer your perspective on issues they face where your background is a fit. Express interest when they mention current openings.
With genuine exchanges and consistent nurturing, networking becomes a two-way street that uncovers hidden opportunities.
Jane wishes she had a plan before entering that mixer. But it’s never too late to strengthen new connections!
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