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5 Networking Tips For A Great First Impression

Having a broad network opens new doors in life. Unfortunately, networking opportunities will not come to you, you will have to go out and grab them! One way to build a strong network is to attend networking events, such as Erasmus Recruitment Days, in order to meet the right professional contact that can help you advance in your career!

You have one chance to create a good first impression. By introducing yourself properly, you will stand out from the crowd. A good first impression is a reflection of who you are and what you bring to the table, without coming across as too self-promoting. Here are 5 networking tips to make a great first impression, which you can use at the Erasmus Recruitment Days:

When you meet someone who’s goals align with yours, do not try to take over the conversation. Instead of taking over the conversation, show interest in what they have to share. Ask questions in order to get to know one another better. Bear in mind, networking should be mutually beneficial. All parties should be willing to help one another grow. That is, after all, the beauty of networking.
Nonverbal communication is very important, especially smiling, which displays happiness, warmth, trust, and positivity. By showing others that you are friendly and open to meet new people, you will create a lasting impression!

Being a good listener is one of the most important aspects of networking! Listening is the key to a successful business conversation. There is a reason why people say “speech is silver and listening is gold”. Make sure to never interrupt others when they are talking, and try to ask more questions and summarize key things that they share.
Do your homework. Most events publish a list of attendees prior to the event. Look up attendees to find out which connections make sense for you to get in touch with. This will help you and others use your time more efficiently. Instead of selling yourself, share yourself. People are looking to make genuine connections, not be sold to.
Yes, you do want to stand out from the crowd. Instead of launching a three-minute monologue in which you cite your entire CV, spend some time crafting a one-sentence introduction. The importance of this networking introduction is to not “sell yourself” but to spark a conversation with the new people you meet! After you make your introduction, the conversation should grow organically.

Bonus

Bonus: Don’t stick to a strict agenda. If you’re too strict with your time, your experience might become uncomfortable or stressful. Try to be authentic and have fun! Remember that people are there for the same reasons that you are. Try to adapt those tips and tricks and apply them at the Erasmus Recruitment Days! We hope to see you at our next event!

Written by: Emre Dincsoy (parttime Marketing Team at Erasmus Recruitment)