According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. We are talking good, old-fashion conversations with older and more experienced executives. These folks are able to help you get noticed. The baby boomers are not the enemy, and most times willing to help.
- If your boss is a company veteran, get them on a topic about an old holiday party. That “back in my day” nostalgia can pay off later.
- Don’t leave early! If a training class ends 45 minutes early talk a few colleagues into a cocktail. You were planning on being there anyway; use the time to grow a connection, hopefully more than one.
- Avoid negativity at all costs. A bad comment about a colleague could offend someone in the group. You could lose allies without knowing it.
- Avoid pointing out the sleeping person if their boss is present. If the boss is not there, it is free game and highly amusing!
- Go to a business after-hours event at your Chamber or local business association. In an environment created for networking, watching veterans is the best training.
- Keep an almost empty drink in your hand as long as you can. You leave an opening for a person to refill that glass. You also give yourself an out to do the same.
- Be interested, not interesting.