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5 Networking Tips All Recruiters Should Know

 

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Attending networking events as a recruiter can be daunting. Not only are you trying to make connections, but you also need to reassure potential clients that you can be trusted to find the right candidates for their company. Whilst it can be tempting to hide away and hope companies come to you, in reality, that’s not going to happen.

Follow these 5 tips and you’re sure to make the connections you need to succeed.

1. Find relevant events

Whilst it’s great to broaden your horizons and meet as many new people as you can, spending your weekend discussing developments in cruelty-free skin care is pointless if you specialise in renewable energy.
As with everything, it’s not about working harder, but smarter. Find events that best apply to your role, and focus your energy there.

2. Do your homework

Do you know who will be attending the event you’ve chosen? Do you know what they’ll be doing there? An opportunity to speak to a potential client with the hope of forming a professional connection is completely wasted if you spend your time finding out answers to questions you could have found online.

Do you know who will be attending the event you’ve chosen? Do you know what they’ll be doing there? An opportunity to speak to a potential client with the hope of forming a professional connection is completely wasted if you spend your time finding out answers to questions you could have found online.
You’re wasting your own time, you’re wasting their time and it shows potential candidates that you are unprepared, so do some research before you go.

3. Plan your schedule

So you finish work at 6 and it takes 20 minutes to get to the event which takes place at 7:30. Got time to head home and shower? Great! No time to spare? Then be prepared to get changed at the office because, when it comes to impressing potential clients, there are few things as inexcusable as tardiness.

So you finish work at 6 and it takes 20 minutes to get to the event which takes place at 7:30. Got time to head home and shower? Great! No time to spare? Then be prepared to get changed at the office because, when it comes to impressing potential clients, there are few things as inexcusable as tardiness.
Plan out your route and be sure to arrive in plenty of time if you’re attending a specific seminar. Open plan events allow you to be slightly more lenient with your time management but don’t overdo it, you still need to show people that their business is important to you. Admittedly sometimes things happen that are outside of our control and we end up being late no matter how well we prepare, but always try your best to be punctual. At the very least, it’s just good manners.

4. Be prepared

What will you be doing at this event? Listening to public speakers and passing on your personal information, right? Much like high school, it’s important to have the right attitude and equipment with you to help you get the most out of your experience.
If you plan on giving people your contact details, have a set of business cards made up. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but they’ll look far more professional than scribbling your email address down on scraps of paper.
If you’re attending a seminar, be sure to have a notebook and pen with you to jot down ideas. Maybe even ask permission to record sections of the discussion on your phone – anything to ensure to get as much out of the event as you can.

5. Debrief

If you’ve attended an event straight after work, it can be tempting to pass out on the sofa the second you walk through the front door, but your work isn’t over yet. Be sure to debrief yourself after the event and, if possible, organise any information you may have brought back with you. Add contact details to online address books and pencil future events into your calendar, anything to make sure you’ve got all the information you need.
Making professional connections can be difficult, particularly if you’re just starting out. But with some preparation and research, you’re sure to find success and get the results you need to succeed.

Jess Howard writes graduate careers advice for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment agency. Check out their website to see which internships and graduate marketing jobs are currently available, as well as their graduate jobs Manchester page for further opportunities.

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