Going to networking events can be a great way to put yourself out there in the professional world. You gain tools essential for advancing yourself, and more importantly, you socialize with others. One of the best tools for professional growth is networking. At these events there are endless opportunities to promote yourself to not only speakers and recruiters, but other attendees as well.
Networking events are full of opportunities. You can make valuable new connections and even land jobs through anyone you meet – whether it’s a recruiter or an attendee who’s there to network just like you are.
FindSpark hosts networking events, workshops, and recruiting opportunities throughout the year. You can see the events calendar here, or click that “Become a Member” button up top to stay updated.
Speaking to other attendees at events can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Here are some of the most important below:
Practice Makes Perfect
The best way to make a lasting impression on a speaker or recruiter is to get some practice. Talking to your fellow attendees at events gives you a chance to practice your pitch and refine it for when you speak with people who are hiring.
Try to break out of your comfort zone and talk to as many people as you can at events. Challenge yourself as much as possible.
A great way to do so is through your elevator pitch. Create a pitch that is about 30 seconds long that explains exactly who you are. Make it unique, and as catered to who you are as possible. Rehearse your elevator pitch before the event and pitch yourself to at least five people at the event before you speak to employers. See what you like about it and what you don’t based off of their reactions, so you can be totally ready when you have to pitch yourself to recruiters.
It’s All Connected
Everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows someone. While speakers and recruiters can be the most direct way of accessing opportunities, your fellow FindSpark community members are also capable of opening doors for you.
You never know the kind of help you can give to others and receive later on. Speak to everyone you come in contact with at events and don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Be developing a network of people with similar strengths and interests, you can form lasting relationships. You never know how impactful these people can be on your career, whether it’s today or a few months or years down the road.
The FindSpark community is a great source for quality feedback on how to better the way you present yourself to the professional world. Take time at events to swap resumes and business cards with other attendees, and add each other on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram when you meet.
Seeing other people’s materials and profiles is a great way to get inspiration for your own, and you can give each other feedback. Is it obvious from glancing over their resume what path they want to take? Have they linked to their personal website in their Twitter bio?
Be appreciative towards their opinions and advice and do the same for them. Sometimes an extra pair of eyes can spot something you would not see yourself.
How have you made lasting connections at events? Share with us in the comments!