In a quote by Donna Fisher and Sandy Vilas, Power Networking, they state “Networking is making links from people we know to people they know, in an organized way, for a specific purpose, while remaining committed to doing our part, expecting nothing in return.” Yes this is true, networking isn’t something where you should expect something in return but it is good to be strategic on who you are networking with to possibly assist in your future. Networking can really happen anywhere, you may make a connection in the grocery store, at a professional social or at a conference. After leaving a great first impression and exchanging business cards you may be thinking, “What do I do next?’ It’s time to nurture those brief professional contacts so they develop into something more. Below are six tips to help you with the first follow- up message:
- Mention the meeting and conversation
- Refer to something specific in the conversation you and the professional discussed. For example, if you both like cats.
- Attach an article or include a link that will please the other person
- Mention your interest, skills, and qualifications.
- Suggest a way to continue the conversation either by phone or meeting up to discuss their company, position, or interests over coffee.
- Mention a next step you will take
Below is a sample for your reference. You will notice the sample makes a memorable connection with the other person.
It was a pleasure meeting you last night at the Bonita Springs Young Professional event. After our conversation about our love for the Miami Heat please see the attached article about last night’s win. I also enjoyed our conversation on your role in human resources at the Naples Zoo. Your passion and dedication to the position inspire me in my goal of one day working in human resources. I believe my organization skills, my drive and personality would be fitting for a career in human resources.
I would enjoy having coffee with you to learn more about your organization, your position, and any other insight you may have as I start my job search. Thank you for speaking with me and I hope to hear back from you soon.