Whether you’re still in college or have been in the workforce for years, growing your network should always be a priority. FindSpark’s Match Made in Heaven: A Night of Speed Networking event helped college students and young professionals do just that with a great group of NYC creatives.
The evening kicked off with a Twitter post for everyone to use – you can see mine below. It read:
I’m awesome at ________ and I’m ready to network @Wix with @Findspark #FindSpark
Emily, FindSpark’s founder, stressed the importance of using social media to connect with others. By searching the hashtag (#FindSpark) you can find who else is talking about the event and start your own side conversation to connect further.
Another key part of the tweet was mentioning companies with their handles – in this case @FindSpark and @Wix. Tagging is a nice way to recognize people or businesses and let them know that you’re talking about them. You might even get a response!
As the networking began, the attendees were split into two groups. While the first group met with the speakers, the second group got a chance to meet each other and do some informal networking.
Guests showed up dressed to the nines and were ready to network. They came prepared with business cards, elevator pitches, resumes and more. After speaking with guests, I learned that many of them took advice from the FindSpark blog. Articles such as 5 People You Don’t Want to Be at a Networking Event and 17 Ways to Make Your Resume Fit on One Page are great resources when you’re preparing for any networking event.
As the event came to a close, Emily stressed another very important networking strategy: the followup.
Yes, it’s great to introduce yourself to all of these awesome people, but if you don’t follow up, that’s all your relationship will ever be – an introduction. Make sure to connect with people on social media or through email after an event to ensure your relationship doesn’t start and end in the same day.
Did you attend this event? How did you like it? Did you make any good connections? Did you meet me? Let us know in the comments!