Introduction To Networking

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An introduction to networking slide show I prepared for a TRCA\'s pilot program with the Canadian Government to assist new Canadian immigrants in finding jobs in Canada.

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  • Did not ask whether he had time to talkNot clear about who she wasDidn't know why she was calling himor what she wanted to do or how he can help her
  • Goals: personal careeer goalsBut also when you’re attending an event, have some idea of what type of people you’re trying to meet, how many people, for what purpose?How many of you are carrying business cards on you right now?Ask Organizer about interesting / relevant people to meet at a conference/event?Can you get a list of the names, faces, titles of people attending an event? Some conference have online / mobile event planning software with such details.
  • Hi, my name’s Raul, I’m running my own startup software company called PointerWare Innovations, and we make the world’s easiest to use computer interface designed for seniors.END, so now let’s talk more about in person networking….
  • With another little intro video,So again, what did she do wrong in this situation? Any comments?Anyone care to note things she did that were incorrect? or any advice or suggestions for her?-standing at a table with a drink is OK, if you want to take a moment to yourself-remember that you probably do need to be pro-active-putting yourself behind some reading material is bad, it gives people the impression that you're not interested in talking to others
  • One cheesy guideline I’ve heard: you have one mouth and two ears and you should use them PROPORTIONALLYShows interest, it also shows that you are actually listeningBackground research can help with developing questionsNo one appreciates you looking around for someone more interesting while you’re talking to them.If you can, remember the person’s name and try to use it again in conversation.
  • Not fingers!
  • People are also generally attracted / prefer talking to someone who has a positive perspective, is also more engaging in conversation
  • -in terms of body language:you can think of whether people are talking closely, with open or closed body languageobviously the person by themself will also be easier to approach
  • Not buried somewhere in your purse or suitcase,Keep it in a container in your pocket, Don’t crumple it into your wallet or pocketTreating the card with no care, not even looking at it sends a message to the person you just met – i.e. did they even care to meet me?Many people suggest, one pocket for each
  • People generally do not like being coerced or SOLD to, but they enjoy having conversations where they can contribute and feel like they are communicating
  • When you are a host or ambassador at a network event, it is your job to greet people, say hello, tell them about the event and then help them connect with othersIs much easier to do it WHEN it is your job
  • Help them connect, or give advice on a different matter, or anything, networking is about connect and helping others as well as yourself,Even knowing about other networking events. REMEMBER to think about what you know, who you know and how it can help others as wellPrepare, can you find out the names, titles and faces for the people you are going to meet? Do you know anything about their organization? All these details will make conversation easier AND show the person listening that you’re intelligent and that you’ve done your research.
  • Help them connect, or give advice on a different matter, or anything, networking is about connect and helping others as well as yourself,Even knowing about other networking events. REMEMBER to think about what you know, who you know and how it can help others as wellPrepare, can you find out the names, titles and faces for the people you are going to meet? Do you know anything about their organization? All these details will make conversation easier AND show the person listening that you’re intelligent and that you’ve done your research.
  • Have you been to CSI before?Do they seem anxious, feel like they need to leave, do something else….be sure not to pester!Lone people are easier to have a conversation with, if people are already engaged in conversation or if they are in a group of people they know well it will be harder to join them
  • You’ve been to a great event, you’ve met some interesting people and you come home and feel pretty happy about yourself. Now what?
  • So you’ve went to a great networking event, met a few people and come home and feel pretty happy about yourself.So now what? ASK AUDIENCERemember the goal will be to STAY IN TOUCHAlso remember, it’s good to be eager, but not TOO eager!
  • If someone helps you with a referral or some other connection, remember to thank them!
  • -professors are experts in their fields, have many different industry and academic contacts AND typically love to talk about themselves – so ask questions!-if you’re in a research or technical field there are obviously work connections from talking to a professor
  • Again LUNCH is a common and socially normal invitationIf it’s with someone out of town or someone you can’t meet during the business day then dinner or a drink after work is also fine.
  • Many of the best connections can be random, and you don’t want to pre-judge people, as you really have no idea …even if they can’t directly help you you have no idea who their spouse or parents might be
  • Many of the best connections can be random, and you don’t want to pre-judge people, as you really have no idea …even if they can’t directly help you you have no idea who their spouse or parents might be
  • Thanks everyone for coming tonight – feel free to stick around and ask any questions or continue networking with the others here.Here’s my email address, and my office is located at the MaRS incubator building downtown if you ever want to visit me there. I’m also on Linked in as well.
  • Introduction To Networking

    1. 1. Introduction to Networking<br />Raul RupsinghMSc<br />CEO PointerWare Innovations Ltd.<br />June 2010<br />
    2. 2. Why Network?<br />What is “networking”?<br /><ul><li>Connecting with others to build professional relationships and gather information</li></ul>Why should I be networking?<br /><ul><li>70-90% of all jobs are not posted
    3. 3. Survey of 45 large companies suggests1…
    4. 4. Most positions are filled internally but…
    5. 5. Referrals are the #1 source of external hires</li></ul>1Source: Crispin, G. & Mehler, M. (Feb 2009). CareerXroads 8th Annual Source of Hire Study: What Happened in 2008 and What It Means for 2009.<br />Accessed October 8, 2009 at: http://www.careerxroads.com/news/SourcesofHire09.pdf<br />
    6. 6. Where to Start<br />Preparation is Key!<br />Business Networking in Person<br />Online Networking<br />
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    8. 8. So what did she do wrong?<br />
    9. 9. How to Prepare<br />What are your goals?<br />Make them known to your network (Friends, Family)<br />Business cards<br />Join Professional Organizations and Associations, Alumni Networks<br />Attend Conferences<br />Practice<br />
    10. 10. What to practice? Sound Bytes<br />Little segments about yourself<br />Ex. Self Pitch:<br />15 second description of yourself <br />Can tailor it a bit to your audience<br />Ex. Last job, career ambitions, etc<br />But don’t sound rehearsed!<br />
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    13. 13. Communication<br />Listen don’t just talk<br />Don’t assume the other person knows your industry or industry specific technical jargon<br />Asking questions shows interest<br />Get people to open up<br />Can be easier than getting them interested in you!<br />Maintain eye contact<br />Say the person’s name<br />
    14. 14. Business Attire<br />Professional dress (Blue, Grey, Black), <br />Business Casual (More color, jacket, no-jacket)<br />Cater to event<br />Guideline: dress a bit better than what you think the norm is at the event<br />
    15. 15. Handshake<br />Hand in hand<br />Firm<br />Affects your first impression<br />Introduce yourself simultaneously<br />
    16. 16. Body Language<br />Body<br />Where do your feet point -> indicates where you/they are thinking of going<br />Your face<br />Your body<br />Hands<br />Food<br />Be positive<br />Confident not arrogant<br />
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    18. 18. Business Cards<br />Keep it somewhere where you can find it <br />When you accept someone else’s business card treat it with respect<br />One pocket for your cards, one pocket for cards you receive<br />Make notes on back of business card<br />Helps to remember them later, follow up notes, etc<br />Professional website and email address<br />
    19. 19. Spending Your Time<br />Don’t spend too much time! ~10 minutes<br />Don’t linger too much with friends or acquaintances<br />If things are going wellsetup an appointment for 1 on 1 later<br />Don’t spend an entire evening with a single person<br />BUT, be genuine, focus on quality of conversation not quantity<br />
    20. 20. Networking Style<br />Don’t be too pushy<br />Don’t try to close a deal on the spot<br />Remember you are trying to build a relationship, not acquire a customer<br />Be sensitive to the nature of the event you are attending<br />
    21. 21. Networking – Other Advice<br />Volunteer<br />Volunteer at relevant corporations, associations to help expand your network<br />Can also volunteer for a particular event, to be a host or ambassador<br />Ex. At your local Chamber of Commerce<br />Acting as a facilitator can be a great way to meet people<br />
    22. 22. Networking – Other Advice<br />Listen for how you can help them<br />Maintain your connections: 1 in 3 job seekers get employment connections from a previous employer<br />Remember: make a good impression<br />Come across as Professional<br />Prepare: Identify prospects<br />Ask people what other events they attend<br />
    23. 23. Networking – Other Advice<br />At first you may have to kiss a lot of frogs<br />Random events, random people<br />Likely uncomfortable<br />Don’t network for the sake of networking<br />In the beginning you may need to do this<br />But after you find more personally relevant events or individuals, focus your time on them<br />Don’t be afraid to ask for help<br />
    24. 24. Approach Anxiety<br />Are they involved in a conversation with someone else?<br />Put your hand out to say hello, shake hands, make introductions (can you tell me a bit about what you do?)<br />But have to take initiative<br />It is easier to approach lone people, not groups<br />
    25. 25. Approach Anxiety<br />Environmental comment, situation, setting, interesting news items<br />Pay attention to their body language<br />You should have open body language (people will want to talk to you)<br />Open with low risk questions<br />Make a comment about the speaker<br />How did you come to be invited tonight?<br />
    26. 26. So now what?<br />
    27. 27. Afterwards<br />How to Follow Up<br />Email (the norm now)<br />Phone call<br />Lunch?<br />Don’t add them on Facebook but LinkedIn is fine<br />Be organized<br />Remember to follow through on anything you said you would do<br />Remember to write down information on cards<br />Good to be keen<br />But not over-eager, and don’t pester!<br />
    28. 28. Afterwards<br />If someone helps you…remember to thank them!<br />Social etiquette with following up<br />If they introduce you to someone else, be sure to follow up with that person and let the original referrer know how it went<br />
    29. 29. Networking - People<br />Find “Connectors”<br />These are the social butterflies of the business world<br />Knowing them / adding them online can help you get introduced to the people you actually want to talk to<br />Talk to Professors<br />In a technical / research capacity or otherwise Professors love talking about their work and exploring new opportunities<br />
    30. 30. Networking - People<br />Useful job contacts<br />Stay in touch with people in your industry or with jobs you find interesting and suggest meeting up again to learn more<br />Don’t worry about rejection<br />Most people are at a networking event in order to meet people<br />
    31. 31. Networking - People<br />Don’t discount people too quickly<br />You never know who they know<br />
    32. 32. Break Time!<br />
    33. 33. Networking Online<br />What is “social media”?<br />Online networking platforms like…<br />Facebook<br />LinkedIn<br />Twitter<br />MySpace<br />YouTube<br />Blogs<br />Why network online?<br />Easy to connect with those you know (and those you want to know)<br />Personal marketing tools – promote yourself <br />
    34. 34. Networking Online<br />Are employers really looking for me online?<br />45% surveyed by CareerBuilder are screening candidates on social networking sites2<br />35% dismissed a candidate based on negative online information<br />18% solidified a hiring decision based on positive online information<br />2CareerBuilder.com (2009). Forty-five Percent of Employers Use Social Networking Sites to Research Job Candidates, CareerBuilder Survey Finds.<br />Accessed October 9, 2009 at: http://tiny.cc/I1bXi<br />
    35. 35. Networking Online<br />Clean up your online image…<br />Google yourself – what’s out there?<br />Delete inactive accounts & update active ones<br />Remove any “dirt”<br />Utilize privacy settings<br />Ask contacts to “keep it clean”<br />
    36. 36. Networking Online<br />Build your personal brand…<br />Who is your target audience? <br />What can you offer these people?<br />How can I connect with them online?<br />
    37. 37. LinkedIn Profile<br />Status: Your status message allows you to share professional updates with your network<br />Photo: Your professional photo allows those you’ve met and previously worked with to quickly identify you. <br />Summary: Summarizing your professional experience and goals allows other users to quickly learn about your background and interests. <br />Experience: Your professional experience is displayed along with any recommendations you have received. Similar to your resume.<br />Education: Your educational background is displayed along with associated activities and honors.<br />Additional Information: Your websites, interests, groups & associations and honors & awards.<br />Recommendations:Recommendations help illustrate your achievements, project credibility, and show why people enjoy working with you. Similar to references.<br />Q&A: LinkedIn Answers allows you to showcase your knowledge and interests. <br />Contact Settings:Your preferences for contact, types of opportunities interested in and privacy settings.<br />
    38. 38. LinkedIn Search Strategy<br />Strategy: Plan your search strategy<br />Define who/what you are looking for: job titles, companies, locations<br />Define keywords: skills, certifications, associations, conferences<br />Define where you will look: search engines, networking sites, job boards<br />Search: Begin your search<br />Refine: Refine your search strategy<br />Filter: try different combinations <br />Fish: find more contacts in your results<br />Flip: what groups are your contacts in?<br />Build: Build your network – who else do your contacts know?<br />
    39. 39. LinkedIn Search Strategy<br />Build Your Network<br />Find current professional network on LinkedIn<br />Company Recruiters<br />Company Contacts<br />University Alumni<br />Use your network contacts to get introduced to others<br />Join Groups<br />Participate in and/or post discussions<br />Network with group members – you can send messages to most<br />Join common groups with specific contacts you want to reach<br />
    40. 40. LinkedIn Search Strategy<br />Companies<br />View employees<br />Related companies<br />Check “new hires” section to see if still hiring<br />Jobs<br />Advanced People Search<br />Location<br />Job Title<br />Company<br />School<br />Industry<br />
    41. 41. Any Questions?<br />Raul Rupsingh<br />raul@pointerware.com<br />

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