Networking can be the most powerful way for job candidates to really get some insight on their potential employer. Networking events will help you meet people who are actually hiring for the position that you want. By simply introducing yourself and talking in a relaxed setting, a candidate might actually avoid the application process. The following bullets below are helpful tips on how to effectively network in a business setting.

  • Find a networking event that interests you.
  • Research the companies that are attending and prepare questions for them.
  • Once you arrive at the event, identify who you want to talk to and target them, but be patient.
  • Ask a lot of questions and be a great listener.
  • Make sure you get contact information from everyone with whom you speak. Ask for their business card
  • Don not be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Be prepared to talk to strangers and introducing yourself over and over.
  • Introduce yourself to multiple people. It can be nerve racking at first, but you never know who you are going to meet. Besides, you are at a networking event. Everyone attending is there to network.
  • Find quality contacts that can really help you get ahead with your job or career. Focus on quality over quantity when attending a networking event.
  • Think long term, not short term, remember this is an event to build long term relationships.
  • Always remember the bigger picture and think long term. Networking events are for building long term sustainable relationships that may further your career in the future.
  • Be confident and be true to yourself.

Networking events can be intimidating if you are not prepared. Make sure to research who will be attending and what to expect beforehand. These events can only improve your understanding of who you, and what you want. You never know who you will meet at a networking event. You may get your next job because you attended a networking event, you have to put yourself out there.