Incorporating Networking Events into Your Job Search

When it comes to your career, your network can prove to be as important as the practical skills and work experience you have, if not more so. While at Questrom, you’ve invested significant effort in developing your networking skills. Put them to work by incorporating high quality events into your job search strategy. Follow these tips to get started!

  1. Check out online networking sites: A number of websites can help you identify career or general networking events nationwide. Platforms like MeetupEventbrite, Eventful, and Lanyrd allow you to choose from and register for a wide variety of events in your area. Don’t forget to check industry news and special interest sites as they frequently have an events page. For example, BostInno, Boston YPA, Boston Green Drinks, and VentureFizz, are hugely popular in the Boston area. Finding the right one for you may take a bit of work, but by focusing on a specific interest, you’ll increase your chances of meeting people who can help you on your path to employment.
  2. Use social media: The great thing about LinkedIn and Facebook events is that you can view the profiles of others planning to attend and keep in touch after the event. On Twitter, search hashtags or use the advanced search function to locate relevant events and Tweetups in your area (e.g. #event #boston #networking). Be sure to use your snooping skills and check out posts about a group’s past events and the profiles of attendees. It may help you gauge whether the event is the right fit for you.
  3. Tap into the BU Alumni Network: Build your career connections by attending BU alumni events sponsored by the BUAA or regional alumni clubs. Some events will have an obvious career related theme like speed networking or career panels. Other programs like sporting events, concerts, volunteer days, or social gatherings will provide a comfortable opportunity to meet and network with alumni while pursuing a common interest.
  4. Choose high value events: As a rule of thumb, try to target events that have a specific purpose or provide valuable content. High value events attract high quality attendees. Avoid events that do not have a stated focus or seem gimmicky. HubSpot published a great article on high vs. low value events by tech entrepreneur and BU alum, Mark Birch. His rules for finding worthwhile events apply to any type of networking, and keeping them in mind will help you identify the best options for you.
By Katy Garner
Katy Garner Industry Relations Manager Katy Garner