Published on March 4, 2014
Networking for Career Search Success: “Hello, Nice to Meet You” (and What Are You Doing Here?) Amy L. Adler CEO
Presenting Yourself in a Networking Event or Interview Learn the top three ways to ensure your interviewer understands exactly why you are sitting in front of him. Image courtesy of Stock.xchng / iprole http://www.fivestrengths.com
1. Your 60-second Introduction is 10 Seconds Long. • Your future hiring executive has limited time and resources to figure you out. • If you cannot tell this person in 10 seconds or less why you are relevant and valuable, you will have lost this person’s attention for good. Image courtesy digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
Practice, Practice, Practice • Practice a short message that includes what you do, for whom you do it, and in what context. • Learn it so well that you have it memorized and can deliver it with a smile. • Wait for their reaction. You’ll know from this person’s comments whether you should explain your needs or address his, furthering the conversation beyond the introduction. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
2. Your Message Should Reflect Your Company Research. • Your subsequent message should reflect your audience, not you. • You should have a good sense of what the issues might be based on the research you have completed prior to your interview. • You can ask what issues keep this person up at night. • You might be surprised by the person’s candor, and this can spark a conversation where you can offer your own brand of potential solution. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
3. Keep the Lines of Communication Open. • If you see something interesting in the news that might be relevant to the needs of this future hiring executive, pass it along with a short note. • Follow this person LinkedIn and other key social media in which this hiring team participates. • Every now and then, “like” or retweet their posts or comment on them in a relevant way. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
Most Important • Do not neglect to send quick thank-you letters to each of your interview team within 24 hours of your interview. • Highlight your value and add anything else about your candidacy that you believe will support your value. Image courtesy of Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
We Can Help • Is marketing yourself very difficult? • Is it hard for you to explain your professional purpose succinctly? • Five Strengths can help. Image courtesy of Stock.xchng / bredmaker http://www.fivestrengths.com
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