Networking Success Part 2: Mix and Mingle Tips

Networking is key to meeting other professionals in your field and maybe even landing a job or internship.  The Career Center will offer many programs this semester to help you improve these skills.   One such event will be Evening with Industry: Expo Edition on September 13 (the night before the Expo!).  See details here: http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220185961

Part 2 of Networking Basics covers tips you need to know while mixing and mingling:

  • You must mingle and meet new people.  If there are chairs, don’t stay in your seat.
  • Work your way around the room, introducing yourself as you join in conversations.
  • Carry drinks in your left hand so that your right hand is available for handshakes.
  • If finger food is available, you must balance your small plate and drink in your left hand.  The drink should rest on the plate.
  • Sip your drink and talk.  Let the ice cubes melt.
  • Do not hover over the hors d’oeuvres.  Eat a snack before leaving home if you are really hungry.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Behave as you would in the office; flirting is not allowed.
  • Don’t be the last to leave.
  • Write thank-you notes to your host(s).
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Networking Success Part 2: Mix and Mingle Tips