The feedback we got on the sessions was pretty good, so here's a very brief summary of the key points that were covered:
- To give yourself a start, prepare a stock phrase you can use to introduce yourself - ideally something memorable.
- For formal events and one-off opportunities, consider an elevator pitch
- Prepare a list of key questions you want to get answers to.
- Think how you will end a contact and whether/how you will follow it up.
- Use a mind map to help you identify useful people you already know.
- People you meet will know other people who might be able to help.
- Arrange information interviews with experts in the field that interests you.
- Consider spontaeneous networking. Some networking gurus keep contact details and make quick notes on everyone they meet!
- Business cards are highly useful (and often free) and CVs are pretty much expected at Careers Fairs.
- Social networking is vital - particularly LinkedIn
- It's a mutual process - working out what other people want will give you big clues about what you need to do.
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