The MOST important part of networking for a job

back of business cardAfter you have come home from a networking event or networking coffee date or the interview, the most important part of networking begins.

What do you do with those business cards when you get home from networking for a job?

Tip 1:  Get the information on that business card into your contact manager, including the notes you wrote on it.  We all forget things and when you meet more than one person, your memory can “all run together” so that you are not sure exactly which bit of information belongs to which name.

Tip 2: If you promised to send some information to your networking partner, do so.  If you promised to connect them to another one of your contacts, do it. 

Tip 3: Start your connection with an email or even a handwritten snail-mail note.  Tell them what a pleasure it was to meet them and how much you look forward to seeing them again.  If this is after an interview, pick three things that you got out of the interview and mention them and how you can help him/her take care of that. 

You would be surprised at how many people I have met, who gave me their card and accepted mine, who never did any of this.  The most successful people do.  It is very nice to have such a great community.

How many times have you gotten even an email after an event?  It is currently unusual and makes you stand out from the herd.

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