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WHAT YOU MUST DO AFTER YOUR NETWORKING MEETING

Aug 3rd 2010 at 7:23 PM

Follow Up

Ok, you finally stopped using excuses to avoid networking (see previous post on excuses) and you actually attended a local networking event!!  OK, Great!  Now, what should you do AFTER your networking meeting?  Follow up on your efforts with these 5 easy to follow steps.

Whether you attended a conference, a workshop, business club meeting or an actual after-hours networking meeting; now you need to capitalize on the time you spent.  These ‘next steps’ are to help you follow up with your leads and enhance your job opportunities.

Going to the networking event is the first step. The steps following your event are what will put you closer to job opportunities. It’s OK to pat yourself on the back for going and to feel good about the contacts you made but now you have to start following up on those leads.

5” Easy Steps to Take Following Your Networking Event

  1. Send an email to every contact you made while networking and do it within 24 hours. Send your messages before the person has time to forget you. Send an email to every person you met and just thank them for their time or mention your conversation and tell them you enjoyed talking to them.

 

  1. Make notes on what happened at the event. Write down all of your ideas and thoughts based on your conversations and meetings with contacts.  Write them down in order and then implement them.

 

  1. If possible, try to introduce people to one another. If something good comes out of that match, the people involved will remember that you set them up.

 

  1. Make sure your website is working and that all links are active. It needs to be a good representation of you!  If you’re lucky enough to have people follow your links, make sure you are leaving the right impression.

 

  1. Make sure that resume, references, cover letter and business cards are ready to share with others – both hard copy and electronically.

     

Helpful Hint:  Networking in person is the most powerful and effective way of networking because job offers happen in person!  But, it’s not the only way of networking. You also need to maintain constant networking efforts by using popular social media networking; i.e., LinkedIn and Facebook.  These programs offer a fast and easy method to do daily networking.  (See “Top 5 Ways to Increase Your LinkedIn Contacts” in a previous post).

 

  

 

Sybil Goldberg with Spectra International – Voted #1 Executive Search Firm in AZ.  Send email with COUNT ME IN on subject line and receive “Twitter 101…A Special Guide for Business” along with our Good Headhunting Newsletter. Check out our free Career Portal at www.spectracareer.com with over 1,000 job boards on one site, free resume review, weekly on-line webinars and much more.  See our Spectra job listings at www.spectra-az.com.  

 

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