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Professional Networking: A Guide on What to Do Before, During and After

Did you know that 70% of jobs can be found via your own network, with 24% of those jobs not even officially posted for applicants yet?

Why network?

Networking is a great way to get insights on your desired company’s culture, hiring practices, business challenges and trends. You might also end up with a referral to a job opening!

How to prepare for networking?

Before networking:

  • Be clear on your objective
  • Stay informed on the industry’s upcoming events and activities
  • Prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask during the networking session
  • Prepare a 30-45 second pitch about yourself
  • Prepare a business card with a visual resumé that summarises your qualities

During networking:

  • Keep your attire professional
  • Greet with a firm handshake and maintain eye contact
  • Listen 80% of the time, and speak 20%
  • Ask open-ended questions to gain relevant information
  • Be respectful of their time and keep conversations to about 10 – 15 minutes
  • Thank the person and send a follow-up message

Asking the right networking questions

  • What made you join the company?
  • What’s your role and experience?
  • What’s your company direction?
  • What is the most challenging or exciting part of your work?
  • How do you juggle your commitments while staying relevant?
  • What do you look for in a candidate?

Interested to gather more tips on networking? Watch this video to hear from Hiring Managers, HRs and Career Coaches on how one can engage in their professional network to improve their job search chances.

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