Business Card to Relationship: 3 Steps to Take After a Networking Event

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  1. Follow up with everyone you spoke with, preferably within 24 hours of the event. At the end of any meaningful conversation with an employer, ask for their business card. On the back, jot down a note that summarizes your conversation. Use this to reference something specific about your conversation in the email – this will help them remember you. Click here for tips on writing a powerful email to an employer.
  1. Set up an informational interview with an employer you met at the event. If you wish you’d had more time to chat, send an email that expresses exactly why you would like to meet with them, either for a phone call or a coffee near their office. Let them know that you would like their advice as it relates to your professional development. Ask for advice, not a job, as you begin to develop the relationship.
  1. One of the best ways to keep in touch over time is to share relevant articles, blogs or industry events via email that might be of interest to your professional contacts. Show them that you are passionate about the industry and want to be a resource.

If you follow these easy tips, you’re sure to make strong, valuable connections at your next networking event, and maybe even get hired!

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