Networking and First Impressions #BeYourBest

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday! Before we head into yet another weekend, we from the BYF blog would like to finish off with our final chapter from the BeYourBest series: Networking and First Impressions

Have you ever heard of the old adage: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know! Finding the right balance between the two sides is what we at BYF recommend. It is of crucial importance to have knowledge about the industry the company is working in as well as the company itself. At the same time, knowing how to connect effectively to the people who are already in the business can help you be a step or two closer to getting the job you want.

  1. Take your contact details or a business card with you- probably one of the most basic things everyone should do when attending a networking event of a job fair. You never know who will meet at such events and if you make a good impression on someone, remember to give contact details.
  2. Listen- do not be the type of person who takes charge of whole conversation. It is understandable that you want to make a good impression or stand out but at the same time listening to what the other person is saying is also important because then you are building a good conversation.
  3. Log your contacts the next day- the next day after the event log all the contact details of other people you have gathered. Most people when they go to a networking event, do not even bother keeping the business card they have been given. Don’t be that type of person because you never know you will meet (maybe a future colleague or even manager). Add them to your LinkedIn network.
  4. Don’t only “connect”- even if you managed to impress someone, do not expect the next day to have a job offer waiting in your mailbox. Building solid connections takes time. Try connecting with the person on a level different from business. We are not saying to become BFFs but try and explore their interests and if you have something in common, it’s a good starting point.
  5. It’s not a competition- remember that going to an event does not mean competing with other people on who can get the most business cards. No, that’s not the way to go because you are drifting away from your aim, which is not connecting with as many people as possible but more with the right people who you will want to meet again in the future.

As a blog, it is our mission to equip you with the knowledge, insights and advice which is why we hope this whole week was beneficial to all of you in terms of learning more about the development of skills that many employers look for nowadays. If you want such type of articles to continue their presence on the blog, do not hesitate to tweet or comment on our social channels.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Martin Prenerov, Content Lead for the BYF blog

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