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Debbie Rodkin (M.B.A. '00), executive director of RE:FOCUS on Careers, an Atlanta networking organization, shares her top 10 career networking etiquette tips.
Debbie Rodkin (M.B.A. '00)
1. Say Thanks
Write a good thank you note. If you don't write it by hand, type it and sign it, and pay attention to correct spelling and grammar.
2. Grab Attention
When sending an e-mail directly, use a subject line that would catch attention - for all the right reasons.
3. Nice to Meet You
Include in an e-mail how you and the recipient should know each other, how you met, what you do, why you want to meet, and your phone number.
4. Proper Respect
Remember that when you call someone else "Mr." or "Ms.," you put yourself in a secondary position to that individual. Use this sparingly and appropriately, showing respect to others and to yourself, depending on the situation.
5. Don't Do Too Much
When at a networking event, either network, or eat and drink; don't attempt to do both at the same time. If your right hand is filled with food and drink, you can't shake hands. If your left hand is filled with food and drink, you can't reach for your business card.
6. No Party Fouls
At a holiday business-related event, dress appropriately and dance appropriately.
7. Active Voice
On the phone, mimic the voice level, tone and pace of the person with whom you're talking.
8. Messages Matter
hen leaving your phone number with an answering device or service, say the number twice, and slowly. Don't speed up on those last four numbers.
9. Table Manners
When dining with a potential employer, let him or her order first and keep your order in the same general price range. Also, avoid messy foods, know the correct utensils to use, and place your napkin in your lap as soon as you're situated at the table.
10. What Can I Do For You?
When you meet people, place the focus of the conversation on how you can help them.
For more information on Rodkin and her company, visit www.refocusoncareers.com