When you are searching for a job, there is no telling when you will meet or run into the connection that moves your search a step forward. So, you always need to be prepared for such an occasion. Here are 3 things that you should be carrying at all times during your job search:
- Your Networking Cards – you need to have a memorable networking card that is appropriate for your field. At the very least, it should contain your field, email, phone and Linkedin profile address. If you want to include things on the back of the card, consider special skill sets, areas of expertise, certifications, a QR code for your resume. Here’s an interesting video on developing eye-catching business cards.
- A Notetaking Apparatus – either a notepad and a pen or app on your phone. You should be taking notes about the people that you meet and what your follow-up tasks are. For example, Anna Smith, Recruiter at a Tech Firm, Met at an IT Panel at Baruch, Need to connect with her on LinkedIn and also send her the article that I mentioned from CIO.
- Access to Your Contacts – sometimes, a networking contact may need you to make an introduction. It’s great to have easy access to your contacts so you can make an immediate introduction for them. It makes an impression. This might mean have easy access to your LinkedIn with a mobile app or having them organized in some easy to access fashion.
In your professional career, you always want to be prepared to network even in the most unlikely moments. Make sure that you are never found missing the tools that you need to be an expert networker.