Career Skill:5 Fast Tips for after a networking event (the so what)

Well done you! You've been to a networking event.

Met some great people.

Swapped some business cards.

Heard some new ideas.

And got a little bit inspired.

So what do you do now?

You've been there. Done that. Networking ticked off on the career to do list?

Afraid not.

Because unless you actually do something just going to a networking event is kind of an academic exercise.

Here are 5 Fast Tips for follow up after a networking event to make it mean something for your career development:

1. Connect with people you met - if there were people you found areas of common interest with and swapped contact details with - connect with them. Preferably in 48 hours. Send them a request to connect on Linked In - which will make sure you have correct contact details for them in the future. Make sure you personalize the Linked In invitation reminding them of where you met and something you discussed. If you don't use Linked In (why I wonder?) - send then an email to follow through on the connection.

2. Follow up commitments - if you made any commitments like "I'll send you a link to ..." or "We must catch up for coffee" - jump on the email and send the link, propose a coffee time and follow through on what you said you will do. Great for your personal credibility and significantly increases the chances that the person you met moves from a connection to a contact.

3. Write down your ideas - maybe it's just me but when I hear speakers I get a ton of ideas. People I should contact, information that they talk about that I want to look up and read about myself. All sorts of things. Write them down as soon as you can so that you don't lose those precious ideas.

4. Act on your ideas or the something you learned. It's inspiring to get ideas, it's powerful to act on them. If someone makes a suggestion, you hear a tip that you think you can use or you get a brilliant idea - act on them. Not everything that works for someone else will work for you but when you do try something new and it works - it feels like magic!

5. Book in your next networking event - and keep those connections, contacts, tips and ideas coming. Career development is a continual process and there are always new things we can learn!

Must go - I have some Linked In invitations to send to people I met this week.

Thanks for the chat!


Break out of your mold at work this week.

Don't dread the 'same-old' routine.

Make a coffee appointment with someone in your network.

Start on your favourite part of your job and do something you really enjoy.

Break out of your mold.

Do something new.

Try something different.

Be brave.

And have a great week.


5 Fast Tips for after you resign

How you leave a job is important
The decision to leave a job often takes some soul searching. Even if you are leaving for a fabulous new opportunity or a new stage of your life, there has usually been some thought go into the decision.

Once you have made the decision and actually resign you are not finished the process of "leaving". More often than not there will be a notice period that you need to work out and it's in these times that many perceptions about your entire performance in the role that you are leaving are made.

There's lots of research that says that how things end forms our opinion of what we have experienced. In "Stumbling Upon Happiness", author Daniel Gilbert talks about this and gives an example of how a good end to an average movie makes us think that the movie was much better than it was. Or on the other hand, how a disappointing end to a movie we thought was quite good up until that point can leave us let down by the whole film.

So to with leaving a job. Leave with style and grace and 'doing the right thing' by the company, customers and people you work with - and you will leave a positive lasting impression. Flick things to others, leave thing undone or slack off in those final weeks and these too will be remembered. Not in a good way. It can damage your credibility and professional reputation. Just because you have your next role lined up doesn't mean that you won't ever need to call on the people you are leaving now in the future.

Here are 5 Fast Tips to follow after you resign:

1. Communicate your decision appropriately - once you have formalised your resignation and have agreement that it's okay to communicate that you are leaving - make sure you are the one to tell your colleagues, friends and key stakeholders that you are leaving. No one like to hear things on the grapevine. And if possible do it face to face or at least by phone. There's nothing personal about a group email.

2. Develop a plan - work with your manager &/or colleagues to develop a handover plan of your work to allow for a smooth transition.

3. Stay focused on your day job - performing at your 'usual' level up until your last day will be appreciated by those around you. We've all worked with someone who mentally 'checks out' the minute they decide they are leaving. It's quite unfair on others and doesn't allow your manager any time to put a handover plan in place.

4. Sure up your network - approach the people you want to stay in contact with and set the expectations that you will do so. Arrange a coffee catch up for after you leave, swap new email and phone contact details and let these people know that you would like to stay in touch. If you're headed off on a career break or for other reasons and may want to call on someone as a referee in the future - ask them now to secure their support.

5. Say 'Thank You' - to your manager, your team, people who have worked with you. Let them know specifically how they have helped you or positively impacted your time in the job. Send a thank you card if it's appropriate.

On the way out the door - smile.

Thanks for the chat

- Karen

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