Build a strategy to maximize the benefits of every networking opportunity.
Throughout my time at TheLadders, I’ve written many articles and given presentations explaining the importance of networking to boost your career and job-search efforts. Whether you love it or hate it, networking has become an integral part of the job-search process.
What I’ve realized is that, while many people are jumping on the networking bandwagon, few actually approach networking – or more specifically, networking events – with a strategy that is sure to move the needle towards their goals. Merely showing up to an event won’t guarantee results, and how you prepare for and follow up after an event is just as important as what you do when you’re there.
Below are five tips to help you make the most of each networking event you attend.