Though I look forward to and enjoy networking events, it was not always the case. I remember feeling like a fish out of water or a stranger in a foreign land when attending a job fair or professional networking event and not knowing how to act, what to say and even how to stand.
Networking may not appear to be a natural thing; it can seem contrived and less than authentic. But that doesn’t have to be true. Let’s take a step back and think about WHY we are attending the event, whether it be a career fair or your first meeting at a professional organization.
- Know your audience
- Know your purpose
- Anticipate conversations or questions
Don’t Worry; Everyone Has These Strange Thoughts
Don’t let the Thought Gremlins invade and distract. And they can get to anyone. A client of mine, with an outstanding sense of humor, shared some of the thoughts she had during her recent job search. Continue reading