Job seekers are often encouraged to “network!” but it’s not always clear to newcomers what a successful networking conversation sounds like.
In this blog posting, we’ve provided a sample. Job seeker Azadeh (we’re protecting her privacy by not using her family name) meets Kevin Wennekes, the CBO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, online for a short networking chat.
She’s in Vancouver; he’s in Ottawa. They meet on Google Hangouts so that she can ask about ways to apply her Ph.D. in Physics to the industrial labour market.
Kevin offers useful ideas for networking that go beyond the basics. He stresses the importance of attending industry events, of using web research tools strategically to find people to reach out to through Linked In, connecting with an alumni group and using volunteer opportunities to gain further exposure to people and events in selected areas.
Regardless of field of practice, people who listen in to Azadeh’s and Kevin’s conversation will benefit from the suggestions he provides and the questions she asks.
Click the playback below or download to listen in on the networking chat filled with helpful suggestions. Like all networking, it’s amazing what a 20-minute conversation can bring to a job search.
About the Author: Gwen Pawlikowski is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who has also worked as an ISSofBC employment counsellor with newcomers. She lives in New Westminster and loves the diversity of the Lower Mainland. Please click here for information on ISSofBC’s career services.