If you have “Get a Job” on your brain when you attend networking events, you might be self-sabotaging.
Job seekers too often stand out (and not in a good way) to employed attendants at a networking event. How? By being more focused on getting themselves jobs than making new acquaintances. And believe me, it shows. Self-servicing networkers go straight into selling mode and start blabbing their “elevator speech”, when all the person asked was “What brings you here?”
It’s time for more listening and less talking. Stop putting your agenda first all of the time and try becoming more interested in what others have to say. If you want to work a room and create new friendships, you have to become interested in who others are, not what lead or job opening they could offer you. Do this right, and you’ll win the job search war instead of losing job search battle after battle.
But don’t just take my word for it. Check out this article that calls out 5 Networking Mistakes That Might Be Ruining Your Job Search.
Do you have any experiences where someone desperately tried to sell their resume instead of focusing on a real connection? How did you respond?