The Career Coach is In

Networking by any other name

My colleague, Wendy Terwelp, The Networking Coach, shared some job search tips. MB

Question:

Everyone tells me that networking is the best way to land a new job. I have all these holiday parties coming up, so I thought I could use them as a networking opportunity. The bad news is that I have a terrible time remembering names. What can I do?

Answer:

First, you're not alone, especially at holiday parties when there are so many people around.
What's in a name? It's the one word that's music to your listener's ears. If you're great with faces but have a tough time remembering names, here are three tips excerpted from my book, "Rock Your Network® for Job Seekers:"

1. Introduce yourself first.Use your first and last name. The person you're connecting with is probably having a tough time remembering your name as well, so introducing yourself will put him at ease.
2 Associate the names. Alliteration is especially helpful for large groups or if more than one person has the same first name. "Barbara in blue," "Mary the mortgage broker" or "Frank the financial planner" can help you remember who is who.

At one networking event, we actually went around the group and introduced ourselves by saying one or two words that described us, followed by our name. I still remember, "Calling Card Candy" who sold telephone calling cards.

3. Follow up. If you make promises to others during your networking event or holiday party, it is important to follow up promptly. If you promised to send them an article on their topic of interest, jot that down on their business card or make a note using your iPhone note app, then do it the next day.

These are just a few tips. Next time you're at a holiday party, you'll remember "Sally in sales," "Al in advertising" and "Helen in healthcare." Good luck!

Wendy Terwelp, The Networking Coach
http://knocks.com

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Marshall Brown

 |  December 14, 2010; 6:47 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Change , Career Management , Job Search , Networking , Workplace Interactions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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