Help me network a little less awkwardly (what to do with my ham hands?)
August 11, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
I am in between jobs, just moved to a new market and have been advised my alma mater's career counselor to set up coffee dates with alums who are working at places that I am targeting. How can I go about doing this in a way that balances networking etiquette and making the most out of these meetings?
posted by SpicyMustard to Work & Money (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just moved to DC with my fiancee and luckily there are several alumni from my school where I did my master's. However, due to the nature of last position (in another state), my network has stagnated, so I need to meet people who are working in my field. The point of entry is our shared school and/or department and the means is usually linkedin.
I am trying to figure out a way to approach these meetings (particularly with those people I've never met) in a way that is not aggressively job-seeking, but is still effective at creating a good impression for future opportunities.
My idea thus far is to invite them for coffee, introduce myself, my work/career interests, ask them questions about themselves (people like talking about themselves, right?) and then gently probe for advice on cracking into places that never seem to hire through formal channels.
Does that sound right? Those who are frequently approached--what would you advise? Those who consider yourselves talented at this, could you share some tips?