Business Card To Relationship: 3 Steps To Take Following A Networking Event

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Whether you are attending the Find & Follow Your Passion Conference at NYU hosted by FindSpark on Saturday, April 18, 2015, or any networking event on campus- follow these steps to develop career relationships that will help you land your next job.

 1. Follow up with everyone you spoke with, preferably within 24 hours of the event.  At the end of any meaningful conversation with an employer, ask for their business card.  On the back of the business card, jot down a note that summarizes your conversation.  Use this to reference something specific about your conversation in the email- this will help them remember you.  For tips on how to write a powerful email, read FindSpark’s blog post, How to Get Employers to Respond to Your Emails.

 2. Set up an informational interview with an employer you met at the event.  Wishing you had more time with a certain employer?  Send an email that expresses exactly why you would like to meet with them, either for a phone call or a coffee near their office.  Let them know that you would like their advice as it relates to your professional development.  Ask for advice, not a job, as you begin to develop the relationship.

 3. One of the best ways to keep in touch over time is to share relevant articles, blogs or industry events via email that might be of interest to your professional contacts.  Show them that you are passionate about the industry and want to be a resource.

For more advice from FindSpark, read How to Get Hired at a Networking Eventto make the most of your time at professional conferences and networking events.

Click here to learn more and register for the Find & Follow Your Passion Conference on Saturday, April 18th. New speakers and panelists added daily! See you there!