Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Network: Networking Prep 101

Hi everyone!

I'm back with a few basic tips on preparing for a networking event.

Whether you're going on an informational interview, a conference or internship fairs, it's important to be as prepared as possible!

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This doesn't always mean having a resume on hand (though that probably won't hurt) I have a few ideas on what you can do to be memorable and make new contacts.

My biggest piece of advice: Make business cards!

Business cards are a simple way to not only relay contact information to someone you'd like to work with, get in contact with, or mentor, but they can showcase your personal brand.

Is there a color you favor? Do you have a specific aesthetic for your blog? These are all great elements to include in a business card to give it a personal touch. Another plus? They're small enough to carry in a wallet, and you can have them on hand whenever a networking opportunity pops up!

There are a number of sites that allow you to design business cards, and many, like Vista Print, are affordable.

As you say goodbye to a person you'd like to remain in contact with, hand them a card with a smile, and graciously excuse yourself from the conversation.

It is also important to be dressed appropriately. Every networking event doesn't require a suit or business attire. Feel out the situation. For example, a fashion event may call for a look that's on trend or stylishly put together. An event held at school may call for a polished yet casual look. But, you can never go wrong with a modest dress and flats, a well-tailored pair of pants, or a smart skirt and top combo.

My final piece of advice is this: if you know this event is for a specific industry or company, make sure you do your research! You'd be surprised at how many people don't.

Good luck!

Until next time,
Catia


1 comment:

  1. Great article Catia! Other great websites for business cards are Moo and Minted.

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