Tis the Season

Susie Buysse, TMMBA Associate Director

I can’t believe the holidays will soon be here .  I heard “Silver Bells” on the radio yesterday! 

With upcoming holiday social activities and parties, I am reprinting a blog with tips for these valuable opportunities to meet new people and connect with old friends. 

Do …

  • Bring personal business cards.  It serves as a reminder of who you are.  It doesn’t need to be fancy; include key words and/or phrases from your elevator pitch.   
  • Keep your conversations light and friendly.  If appropriate, weave a concise consistent message of who you are (include strengths) and your objective into each conversation.  Keep it to one to two sentences and find out where the individual works and his or her title.  If the timing isn’t quite right, ask if you can briefly meet at a later date to discuss professional issues. 
  • If you are currently seeking a new position, be forward thinking and upfront about your search, i.e. “I’m excited about transitioning to a product management position with a multinational company in the software industry.”  Select your words carefully if you are currently employed and want to keep your job search confidential.    
  • Networking is about making connections through a common interest and exchange of information.  Look for a commonality and offer to be a resource (recommend giving first).  Here is a relevant and fascinating article: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/11/seize_the_persuasive_moment_af.html

Additional productive December tasks might include updating your LinkedIn profile (if necessary) and joining LinkedIn groups of interest.  Two benefits exist: 1) You will quickly and significantly broaden your number of contacts 2) You will update your online resume and professional brand.  (Companies can find top talent faster and more economically; eBay cut cost per hire by half with LinkedIn compared to that of traditional job boards.)

Enjoy your holiday season!