Net-Working: Literally working on your “net!”
A big net to fish your upcoming job opportunities. This is a new trendy concept that seems to have given a lot of great opportunities to people who know how to enjoy it and get the most out of it.
But if you are still exploring it make sure you: 1- find events and get into the rhythm of attending them 2- learn how to engage with people you’ve never met, but would like to get to know more.
Nowadays, thanks to the web and social media, it is easier than ever to find networking events. So do your homework and jump onto Facebook, Linkedin, Eventbrite and Google to search for events you’re interested in and register away! After you sign up for what you like, get your calendar ready, save the date and also put a reminder, to make sure you don’t miss the event.
Guess what… this time, I already did part of the homework for you and have an event to get you started! On the last Wednesday of every month, Somos21 Sydney will be welcoming the Latin American and Australian community for a meaningful networking event from 5.30pm at the Argyle.
What to do in the events
First of all, try to arrive with the mentality of getting out to get to know more people, rather than sticking to people you already know!
As easy and obvious as it sounds this could be a great question to start a conversation: what brings you here? Why is this a great question? Because usually 90% or more of the people in the event are there to meet people, just the same as you are, so you will already have something in common.
As Kieran Howard from Kaplan Business School says: “Develop your elevator pitch and personal value proposition. You can make a valuable connection, but if you don’t know how to talk about yourself, describe your skills and goals, it might not lead anywhere.”
Think of 3 sentences to tell your story
a) your past (skills foundation)
b) your present (job or learning activities)
c) your future (what do you want).
Get to know them better
If the person you are interested inspires you and could be a great connection for the future, get to know more about them with questions like:
How did you get involved in the industry/company?
How would someone get their foot in the door in your company/industry?
Based on your journey, what do you wish someone would have told you earlier in your career?
And remember that networking goes far beyond talking to people. It is a great opportunity to learn about other stories, find common interests and think broadly about what you can give back to that person you just met.
This month we will also have the wonderful Kieran Howard from Kaplan Business School there to answer any of your curly networking questions!