How to Smash Networking Events to Generate Job Offers

Are you using networking to your advantage?

Do you use networking events to generate job offers?

 

Millennials that first enter the world of networking feel awkward and Business concepts illustrated with colorful wooden people - networking, organizational groups, or workgroups.out of place. You feel that there is a ton of unspoken rules, and anything you say makes you cringe inside.
It doesn’t have to suck. The core here is finding out what you can offer to potential connections. By taking this into consideration, you won’t be the one feeling like a self-centred job grabber.

 

 

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According to LinkedIn leader and CEO Lou Adler, 55% of most jobs are filled through the hidden job market. Google happens to hire less than 1% of their online job applicants. Thus, networking has to be part of your job search.
In this article, you will find the best ways to smash networking events, and get those dream job offers.

 

1. Be a professional that is trying to establish a mutual relationship.

Leverage your unique skills and experiences to benefit and service the person you are attempting to build a bridge towards. You will be able to establish common ground and meet them as an equal, transforming yourself from a networking leech to a networking pro.

 

2. Discover your niche skill

Look into yourself, ask around and try to determine, through your habits, interests and the focus of your job search just what sort of unique skill you possess. Just by doing this, you will have something with substance to say during networking events, meet lots of extraordinary people and enjoy networking.

Is there a pattern or particular focus in your job search?

Review your past job search trends, and find out where you applied to, and what your primary interests were in applying for jobs.

Were there any specific skills that you matched in the job description? Ponder on how you can present these skill sets into a unique package describing ‘you’.

Practical Tip: Look at the typical skill sets and interests the jobs you applied for have. Match it with your experiences and competencies, and create a mini bio, with examples for each.

It can be used to market yourself during informal interviews and potential offers at networking events.

 

What do current or previous supervisors, employees, or teachers say about you?

Are there any immediate strengths they can point out when thinking about you? How do they differ, or overlap from the attributes that hiring managers in your field require? Go out there and ask professional contacts to list some characteristics they think of when describing you, to help yourself target what will make you stand out.

 

How do you usually help your friends?

When a project needs editing, or when a smartphone starts to act funny, are you the one your friends and family beg for help? This is the start in discovering where your key strengths lie.

If you are fortunate enough to match a professional’s needs, by having matching skills, conversation flows naturally. Plus, it usually turns a one-time chance encounter into a long term mutual relationship.

Skill-based networking conveys rather than tells your unique value to professionals or corporations, having a higher chance of leading to a job, and creating opportunities for referrals.

 

3. Find out what they need

Obviously, you need to know what someone needs, to either find out if you match their needs or if you want to learn new skills to increase your marketability.

Key research areas: Look up the key people or companies participating in a networking event, and determine the job vacancies and make the dots match. You can’t give what you don’t know.

Practical Tip: Compile a mini list of the persons attending a networking event, and match 1-2 key skills or things that they are looking for in candidates. Then match them with your current skills, and also have some people you can refer, which will highlight your professionalism, as you essentially are satisfying their needs. Use it as a springboard for starting a conversation.

Learning to match needs: Learn or take some courses on skills you need for the roles you want.

 

Or be the referrer

If you can be the facilitator or negotiator, this will put you in the same category. By knowing someone talented or skilled and referring someone, they assume you are talented too by relation, boosting your likeability and standing.

 

Final Thoughts

Ascertaining the needs of a contact or company will put you ahead by leagues, and this will become distinct because not many job seekers consider this. It will make you stand out and create long-lasting relationships that will help not only your job hunt but your career, in the long run.

 

What do you think is essential for networking events? What is your least and most favourite tip?

Please share your insight and advice in the comments below.

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