Job Search Networking: Do You Have a Networking Vehicle?

I was talking to someone a few days ago and he was telling me about going to network meetings with people who really had nothing to say.

Do you ever feel, as a job seeker, that you don’t know what you could say when you network with people?  Here’s what the guy I was talking to suggested you have a business card… something to help you and the people you are communicating with.

“A business card,” I asked?

I thoguht about it more, though… If you think about it, perhaps we aren’t using business cards well.  It’s not just a paper to pass and tuck away… it’s something that can spark conversation, draw questions, clarify messages.

And then I thought about what other “networking vehicles” could be…

  • Your elevator pitch.  Does it spark conversation, draw questions, or clarify your messaging?
  • Your clothes.
  • Your mannerisms and/or attitude.
  • Your “pre-resume.”  Rick Gillis talks about a pre-resume and how to use it.

Do you have something physical that you bring to network events… like a book you wrote, or something like that?

I’m not saying that you need to have a “networking vehicle,” but the more I’ve thought about it the more I’ve realized how powerful “it” could be in your networking.

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