1. Show your passion for the scientific industry and company
To help you come across as passionate and knowledgeable as possible, it is a good idea to do your research about the industry and the companies working within it.
2. Show an interest in the person you are talking to
Stop focusing on yourself and concentrate on potential contacts within the scientific industry. Company representatives will always talk to you about themselves and the scientific company they work for. By asking questions and showing an interest in them, you will make a good impression and it is more likely you will be remembered.
3. Prepare an elevator speech
Jobseekers are often stumped as to what to say to company representatives exhibiting at networking events, and how to say it. To help you structure your introduction, it is a good idea to write a short speech that includes the following information:
- Who you are
- What you do
- What type of job in science you are looking for
Practice your elevator speech in front of the mirror and in front of your friends and family before you go to the networking event.
4. Don"t ask for a job
Instead of directly asking for a job, it is better simply ask for advice. This way, people are more likely to be generous with their time.
5. Be organized
During the event, keep a record of all the people you have spoken to, their contact details and any job hunting advice or scientific industry insights they have given you.
6. Follow up
After you have met a contact within the scientific industry, make sure you follow up with an email or a telephone call, you could even add them as a contact on Linkedin. In your message, reiterate to the contact how much they have helped you and remember to thank them for any specific advice they have given you.
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