Events, networking and volunteering are crucial parts of the job search. Great information, ideas, connections and leads can be found when you make the effort. Here are some networking tips that apply especially to conferences and events.
Some conferences are expensive, but the "trade show" portion is often much cheaper and sometimes free. If you can't afford it, call the organizers in advance to ask if there are lower rates for students and under-employed (also known as "sliding scale" or subsidies). Better yet, ask if you can volunteer in return for free or reduced admission.
(3) Trade show networking
Go around to the booths and ask questions like:
(4) Networking at events
Don't run out when the talk, film or workshop is over! The discussion & socializing that follows is often the best part. It's a chance to meet people with similar interests and hear what's going on outside of the formal presentation. There are often informal networking opportunities at the front of the room, outside the room, or at a nearby cafe or restaurant.
Organizers, speakers and exhibitors are very busy during the event itself, and they speak with many different people. They may not remember your name or what you said. It's always a good idea to follow up after the event, by phone or in person.
As much as possible, keep it positive. It's easy to complain and criticize, but it's much more important and challenging to create positive solutions.
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