Last Updated Apr 29, 2009 12:47 PM EDT
On Harvard Business Publishing, Jill Corkindale writes a cracking good post for job-seeking managers about simple ways to improve their networking skills in 6 Networking Mistakes And How to Avoid Them.
Her list, which I've summarized very briefly here, can make you feel more confident as you head into any networking event, be it a job fair or a one-on-one meet and greet. Read her post for more in-depth tips.
- First, sit down for 10 minutes and compile a list of the people you know: co-workers, business contacts, friends. This is your initial contact list to mine for job leads and introductions to other contacts. It will be longer than you think.
- When introducing yourself, emphasize your interests and capabilities in future positions rather than what you did in past gigs.
- Tell stories that demonstrate your skills rather than reciting a laundry list of assets. Corkindale recommends stories based on STAR: Situation, Task, Achievements, Results.
- Don't just show up at an event; learn the art of working a room or contact.
- Don't criticize the company or person that laid you off.
- Say thank you.