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How to network
Entering a conversation with a total stranger is not easy! But at our networking events and in your professional life it can help you to build new contacts.

This helps you in approaching new people:
  • Think back to a time when you felt successful and make a mental picture of it. Recall that image as you approach someone. Then you immediately feel more confident.
  • Find a common factor: both children of the same age, whoalso happen to play tennis?
  • Create a pleasant atmosphere by giving a sincere compliment. This can be simple things like 'nice shoes', but you can also say something nice about his or her new project.
  • Keep an open mind (no arms folded), listen carefully to what someone says and answer accordingly.
  • Pay attention not only to your own body language, but also to that of the other. If someone leans back, he tries to create a distance. Do not feel rejected immediately. Just ask what is the matter. The other person might just not be that skilled in “business flirting”.
  • Make sure you already know something about your partner, so you can pick up on the subject. It talks a little easier and it shows your interest.
  • Do you really want to “flirt” and get something done with this person? For example, that he/she approves your idea? Try to think in advance on which part of your message someone can shoot and think how you can refute that.
  • Identify your own disadvantages at the beginning or middle of your argument, but conclude with the positive aspects.
    What you say last, remains!

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From: ‘Zakelijk flirten’ -“flirt coach” Mirjam Wiersma – Spectrum eBook ISBN 978 90 00 30383 0

How to get the job you want

  • Develop your key criteria
  • Generate and evaluate options
  • Prepare your approach
  • Connect with companies
  • Decide between options!

Tips for writing your CV

  • A CV preferably has a maximum of 3 pages
  • Tailor your CV for each application
  • Be factual - avoid subjective claims
  • Use bullet points
  • If you are changing industry, avoid jargon
  • If you are changing function, then highlight your cross-functional skills.

Tips for interviewing

  • Listen to the question.
  • Answering the question – not the question you wish you had been asked.
  • Keep to the point and do not give superfluous information.
  • Be enthusiastic.

Interesting reads for job hunters and career changers

  • Pitch Yourself, Faust, Bill; Faust, Michael, Pearson, Prentice Hall Business
  • What Color is Your Parachute?: A practical manual for job-hunters and career changers, Bolles, Richard Nelson, Ten speed press, 2003
  • Now, discover your strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, The Gallup Organization 2001.

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