5 months ago by BLACKROC
One of the best ways to build your own brand, meet like minded people and learn from others, is to network. Here are some of our tips when it comes to networking at events, meetups or hackathons.
Be genuine. Don’t make people feel like you are using them, rather get to know them, their business, what they do outside of work and use this information in the next conversation. It will come naturally if you are genuinely interested.
Let the other person speak. When networking, listen, instead of just talking about yourself. Here are some questions you can ask others:
How long have you been with this company? Or how long have you been in this field?
What do you like or dislike about your job?
How did you get into the industry?
What is the culture of this company?
Use your referrals. Don’t be shy to ask if you have a contact that knows someone you want to get to know to introduce you.
Follow up. Reach out to the people you spoke and met at the event. If not already connected, connect on LinkedIn and follow up on the that conversation you had!
Make the first move. People are always friendly and open at a networking event, so don't be afraid to make the first move and get involved in a discussion.
Mingle. Don't take up too much time and meet as many different people as you can.
Don’t Ask For A Job. You should ask people for information that will assist you in your job search, NOT for a job. Your main networking goal should be to build a relationship and establish rapport so when a potential opportunity may arise in the future, your contact may be willing to refer you.