18Nov/110

The 10-Minute Job Search-Network!

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

Welcome back to The Ten-Minute Job Search where we take the stress out of a day when you just didn't get time to focus on your job search.

In this installment we’ll focus on actually leaving your house and attending a networking event. C’mon keep reading, it’ll be okay, I promise. Grab a friend and make this a team outing.

Locate a networking event. Here are some ideas:

  • Seek out professional organizations. The International Association of Business Communicators for ad/marketing or The American Institute of Graphic Design for well, you know.  There will often be speakers, mixers or fundraising events. Student chapters of these groups sometimes offer discounted memberships.
  • An organized networking event. You can find notifications on LinkedIn in the "Events" section which is not so helpfully located under the "More" subhead. Or you can look in postings in the LI groups you've joined. Eventbrite is also a good source of upcoming meetups. Click on the "Networking" heading.
  • Local newspapers or business publications will have networking listings. Don't overlook print resources!

Find one you like, register yourself and your friend. There. Done.

Don’t forget to take your business cards and personal marketing statement! A little tip: stand near the food (don't block the food, this is dangerous), people will come and go to the table. Make this a competition and see who can score the most business cards or contacts. Loser buys food. Goldfish count as food.

And remember, networking is a success if you meet just one new person, score one bit of good advice, find one new resource, or just get the feel for attending professional events. It's perfectly fine to stand and observe the first time.

Hang in there!

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