Is it time to get serious about changing your life? Of course, this includes your career as well. If you think you’re ready to turn over a new leaf and make resolutions, then pat yourself on the back for taking that big step.
However, there’s a time and place for everything. Networking at parties can be your ticket to a good opportunity — or do you no good.
Most company parties are restricted to employees and their partners. Because of this, your chance of getting an invite is pretty slim.
But you can ask some of your friends if you can tag along.However, don’t expect to meet a lot of people that work in the same industry you’re in or are interested in.
Though networking at parties is not entirely useless, it is important not to get your hopes up. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for this arm of potential networking:
1. Accept Invitations
Go to as many gatherings as you can with a mindset that you’re there to have fun, catch up with old friends and probably meet new ones. You don’t want to create stress, especially at a party.
2. Rejecting Invitations
If you’re more of an introvert when it comes to parties, feel free to stay in and do something else instead. You can spend your time on a different aspect of your job search, including targeting the right companies where you can best apply for a job.
3. Get yourself out there
Once you decide to attend a party, make sure to make an effort to talk to new people. But don’t make them feel like you see them as a tool or ticket to your next employment. Be sincere in making new connections, and don’t think about what people can do for you in the future.
4. Don’t use your elevator pitch
Forget about your 30-second spiel when you’re at a party. Friendly and witty conversation is better — It’s an opportunity for you to get to know people on a more personal level.
Follow up after the party
After you’ve met someone interesting, feel free to follow-up with a note asking to keep you in mind for opportunities. Before you do this, make sure you’ve already established a legitimate connection.
The bottom line — Don’t forget to be yourself, and forget about networking when you go to company parties. You’re more likely to make connections if you’re comfortable showing your best side to everyone while you’re having fun.