A large portion of job seeking involves networking. Below are signs a good networking, and although they are business-oriented, they can easily be implicated into your job search methods.
A good networker:
- Has a firm handshake and makes eye contact upon introduction.
- Remembers names and businesses, or at least tries hard to remember!
- Has great attendance and is punctual – late people get noticed, but not in a good way.
- Hangs out with everyone in a group – no clicks.
- Is confident and social.
- Has high energy and enjoys networking events.
- Listens more than talks – doesn’t just talk about themselves, but asks questions and is interested to learn more about others’ businesses.
- Has a clear, consistent message and a designated target market.
- Tells stories instead of lists services – engages the audiences rather than bores them!
- Strategically hands out contact information – doesn’t give business card to everyone that breaths.
- Is as diligent about giving help to other businesses as he/she is diligent about receiving help.
Are you a good networker? Point out your faults and fix them one at a time, each networking event you will improve and so will your job search.
Sept. 21, 2012