You have over 10k followers? You’re hired! If your name is out there and you have an audience, money and fame is coming your way. I mean, isn’t that how Kim Kardashian became who she is today? Remind me what she does for a living…Sure, you may have the talents, the charismatic personality, the brains, but what jobs are really looking for is the number of followers you have. That’s where advertisement comes in handy, and that’s how companies gain their recognition. I guess popularity contests do hold some truth to them after all. If you look at world’s youngest billionaires under 40 years old, a handful of them are founders of today’s social networking sites: Facebook (Mark Zuckerburg) , Gree (Yoshikazu Tanaka), Twitter (Jack Dorsey), Snapchat (Evan Spiegal and Robert Murphy). That just comes to show how big of a role social networking plays in our generation. These days, technology revolves around interaction, communication, and accessibility. So it’s important to know the significance of networking and how to apply that to future jobs. This is especially for all of you introverts out there.
Here are some tips on networking better:
1. Show your pearly whites. And not just any pearly whites, a genuine smile will do. This simple gesture is easily overlooked. It’s inviting to others and eases the nervousness you may feel. Even if you’re not in the mood or you much not rather be there at all, brush it off, straighten up, head back, and smile.
2. Let others do the talking. This is where listening comes in handy. Don’t interrupt others while they’re speaking. During the brief pause after he/she has spoken, feel free to add on to what they said by interjecting an opinion or offer a tip/advice.
3. Continue on the conversation. It’s easy to end a conversation or leave the conversation after one of the two has nothing else to say. Instead, treat the conversation as an opportunity and expand on the conversation. Ask questions, show interest by adding a comment, or when in doubt, debate. After the conversation exchange numbers, emails, business cards, and keep in touch! Recommended: within 48 hours to show that you’re interested.
4. Others before yourself. Networking is a two-way street, you help them, they help you. It’s so much easier to interact with others that way and you eliminate that bad vibe that is usually there at first impression. It’s a win-win situation and as karma goes, what goes around comes around.
5. Remember names. Don’t take after your teacher’s examples. If you have trouble remembering names, make it habit to remember names. This is so critical when it comes to meeting people and first impressions. By remembering their names, you’re able to address them by their name instead of the subtle “you” and you don’t have worry about thinking up of ways to address them differently. It’s okay if they forget yours; it’s even better for you.
Put on your extrovert personality and bring these tips along for the next time an opportunity arises. Oh, and you’re welcome. 🙂