Networking is essential to building a stronger career. With 70% of jobs now being found through networking events, refreshing your skills is more important than ever. One month after graduating from college, I was invited to attend a networking event for professionals in the creative communications industry. I was terrified to approach Directors and Vice Presidents of companies, or introduce myself to a large group of people I’ve never met. Before going to the event, I knew I had to ask my older sister for some pointers. She’s the type of person who handles every conversation with ease and owned the room in no time. I was inspired by her approach to networking and practiced the pointers she gave me. One month later, I landed my first job with a Fortune 500 company from a connection I made at another networking event.
Mastering networking helped launch my career. Now it’s time for me to share them with you! Whether you’re happy with your current job, looking for a new job, or just enjoy being around new people, these simple yet effective tips will make a big difference in the number of follow-up emails your receive and how much you enjoy the event.