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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!
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.