Articles about Networking
How to get your mind and career ready for spring
So with the first day of the new season arriving on March 20, it's the perfect time to apply your spring cleaning mentality to both your mind and career. Here are some ways to shake off the winter blues and enter spring with a new sense of passion.
4 ways to seamlessly finish a conversation without making the other person feel dumped
So you're at a networking event and have had a great chat with someone new, but there are a handful of other people you'd still like to introduce yourself to. Instead of waiting for the conversation to end organically, consider using one of these four methods to keep moving forward.
How to be the best listener in your office
We know we’re supposed to listen to each other, but how often do you actually sit quietly, put away your phone and hear every single word someone has to say?
Effective icebreakers for networking
One of the most effective and impactful ways to exceed in your career — regardless of industry, skill set or function — is to create lasting bonds with like-minded individuals. This makes networking one of those necessary evils that should fall high on your list of career-building priorities.
5 ways to get to know someone without using cookie-cutter questions
When it comes to networking events, there's a whole world of topics that you could potentially ask someone about. So why not ask about something appropriate that will let you in on who they really are? Here are a few lighthearted icebreaker questions that you can use when you want to get to know someone.
3 things to consider before making a referral
In addition to knowing when and why to make a referral or casual introduction, it’s also important to think about the potential fallout.
How to re-embrace face-to-face instead of virtual everything
We can all agree that socializing in person is important, but increasingly difficult and confusing after all that screen time. Here are some things to help socialize successfully.
Don’t make these 8 networking mistakes
This is where executives go wrong when they network, the best ways to avoid these pitfalls, and what to do if you make these networking mistakes.
Here’s how to get more out of networking events
Buy tickets to a networking event. Get there, buckled up for a cookie-cutter experience of going from one panel to the next. Only talk to other attendees during breaks and cocktail receptions, then rush to the next session. Here are some strategies could help you stand out a networking events for all the right reasons.
5 ways unsuccessful people network
If you don't talk enough, you could be perceived as cold or aloof. If you talk too much, you could be considered unprofessional or self-interested. Here’s what unsuccessful people do when networking.
How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks
So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think. Here are six research-backed conversation hacks that will get things off on the right foot.
This is the best trick to remember someone’s name
Next time you need to remember someone's name before an event, try speaking the name out loud. It's one of the best learning and memory tricks there is.
This is the secret to being interesting to other people at parties
If the thought of small talk at office holiday parties gives you stress, do not fear — there's a science-backed way to be interesting to other people.
This is the huge networking mistake you don’t know you’re making
There are a host of ways you can go wrong when writing business and networking emails. This is the biggest mistake to avoid.
4 ways to get to know people in a field you’re brand new to
Whether you're trying to establish yourself in a new field or at a company you don't know anyone at, never fear. Here's how to get the ball rolling.
You don’t need a golf club or yacht to network like a boss
The golf course has long been a favored spot for networking among the upper crust. But there are plenty of other ways for the rest of us to make strong career connections.
Think before making that next introduction
Making introductions between people is a skill as well as an art. Know the rules and you'll make more successful connections.
Badmouthing people is the biggest networking mistake
Talking smack, gossiping, and running people down behind their backs? No thanks.
4 ways to succeed that don’t include networking
There’s more to success than who you know.
4 ways to hold people’s attention at networking events
Be a resource for others.
5 pieces of post-grad career advice that are totally bogus
Professionals share the worst tips they've received.
7 questions that make you more likable
This small batch of questions can make networking fun.
How Networking Groups Can Help You in Your Job Search
If a few new friends could help you land a job, what's stopping you from joining a networking group?
9 Tips for Getting the Referrals You Want
Need help getting the right references for your dream job?
Tips from a recruiter: How to stand out at your next career fair
Make a splash at your next career fair with advice from Ladders’ recruiter.