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What Did You Do Last Summer?

Sun, parties, holidays… That’s summer to most people, what if you have career goals to achieve?

Do you want to have fun this summer without jeopardising your career aspirations? Well you can! The ‘party season’ is the prime opportunity to get out and join professional networking groups whilst having fun. A good place to start is to look outside of your professional circle, focus on hobbies that interest you. You will meet people that share similar interests, these people could become long term, professional contacts and friends.

Support a cause close to your heart, Volunteer at charities that will help to make a difference to others in need. Or attend charity events, you will not only feel great that you’re making a difference, but meet amazing people in the process.

Do it digital, online meet up platforms such as meetup.com bring the network to you! There are so many different groups to choose from, whether its language groups, art, culture or business groups, you can find it here. You can even create your own!

You can mix business with pleasure, I find as long as you’re armed with a plan of what you want to achieve in the holidays, then you’re on track to having your most productive and fun summer yet!

 

About the Author – Matthew James

Matthew James started his recruitment career in early 2016 at PKL Recruitment. Since then, with the training and support of both internal and external coaches he has built the confidence and skills to provide a personal service to his clients and candidates. Matthew prides himself on building relationships and embarking on a journey with his candidates to ensure a stress free and seamless process. Contact Matthew directly on matthew.james@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Winter Networking Do’s and Don’ts

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

The importance of networking, there is a science to effective networking, making polite conversation is just one aspect of creating successful and long-lasting key business contacts. As the old saying goes “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Some of this is true, you do need knowledge in the field you’re working or looking to work in. However, it’s the network you have around you that can help elevate you, in the career you desire.

It’s normal to feel a little intimidated, especially if there are contacts in the room you would like to impress. Understanding networking etiquette is essential to your future career success. Below I have listed my top Do’s (and Don’ts) that will help you to leave a lasting impression with anyone you meet.

Do                                                                       

  1. Introduce yourself and others                                
  2. Remember Names                                                
  3. Prepare your Elevator Pitch                                  
  4. Get out there
  5. Connect on LinkedIn  
  6. Listen and make mental notes
  7. Follow up the next day with a polite email

Don’t

  1. Focus on one person
  2. Get Drunk
  3. Boast and rattle on
  4. Be Shy
  5. Not connect on LinkedIn
  6. Interrupt
  7. Forget to follow up

It doesn’t end there! You have to follow up with your contacts and nurture the relationships, to make it worthwhile… Don’t expect to reap the rewards straight away; what do you have to offer your contact in return? Maybe it’s a brilliant idea, a business partnership or a unique skill. So what are you waiting for, get out there!

About the Author – Rachel Stefanovski 
Rachel Stefanovski is the General Manager of PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW and VIC state offices. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. Contact Rachel directly via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au