3 Key Tips for Optimal Networking
Networking is crucial for advancing your career. You never know when your next job opportunity will arise, so optimizing your networking skills is a must. Here are three key tips for making the most of your next networking opportunity.
- Remember it’s a two-way street.
Make sure your conversations are a two-way street. The key to networking is building rapport, and the key to building rapport is 50/50 communication. In other words, you should listen as much as you talk during a conversation.
Show interest in the other person’s goals, not just your own, by asking questions. People who talk too much tend to think they’ve “won” the networking event, but that’s not the case. It’s more productive to have a give-and-take conversation to develop productive networking relationships.
- Don’t get too presumptuous.
Don’t ask for a job on the spot as you’re talking with other networking professionals. That’s not the goal of networking. The goal is to build relationships and gather intel on potential job prospects or news/trends that will affect your search.
- Share your insights.
Be willing to give advice and insights. Again, networking is a two-way street. Just like 50/50 communication, it’s a give-and-take situation. You must be willing to help others out, if you expect the same in return.
Keep these three core tips in mind and you’ll get (and give) more when networking, whether in person or online.