The best way to achieve financial stability in uncertain times like right now is to have a stable job. Most jobs are found through people’s network. Therefore, if you are wondering how to send a successful networking email to the person that you would like to see again, please keep reading now.
- After meeting that individual at a networking event or a social event, be sure to send the networking email to them within 1 day.
Let’s say you’ve met someone at a social event or a networking event. Don’t wait for a week and then send an email to them. You have to make sure that this person still remembers you when they receive your email.
Ideally, you need to email them within 24 hours – as soon as possible!
Here is the structure of an effective networking email:
- Tell that person something about their work that you really appreciate and admire. This makes that person want to read this email.
- Talk about your similarities, thereby building rapport quickly.
- Mention how you are able to help them. You are here to give value.
- Ask that person for help or advice. Usually, we assume that if someone has helped us, we like them more. But research shows that if that person has helped us, they actually like us more because people like what they have already invested in. Therefore, it’s okay to ask for advice or help in this email, yet always begin with an easy ask.
You may even send a networking email to a total stranger.
- If you’ve got a job interview….
So, you have been shortlisted already. Now all you need to do is to differentiate yourself from others and then get the job. In that case, good preparation is paramount.
First of all, you must know how to introduce yourself properly because at the very beginning of your job interview, “Could you introduce yourself first?” is an inevitable question.
You can totally prepare your answer in advance. A highly effective answer includes these elements:
- ‘I’m a …’
- ‘I’ve worked in …’
- ‘I’ve got expertise in …’ (state your technical skills)
- ‘My strengths are …’ (state your soft skills)
Always give very specific examples to explain your skills in detail.
Second, you need to prepare some key questions to ask the hiring manager, for the interview is supposed to be a two-way street. Here are some questions that you can ask them:
- Clarification and confirmation questions like ‘How many hours am I going to work per week?’
- Find out the hiring manager’s motivations by asking ‘Why is this position created?’
- Find out the hiring manager’s expectations by asking ‘What is success like in six months when it comes to this position?’
- Discover the cultural values of this company by asking specific questions about how they actually operate. Basically, you have to know if your value system and their value system are at least compatible. For instance, let’s say this company can do anything so as to get what they want to achieve but you surely have your own morals, then this is clearly not the right position for you. Well, sometimes you do not necessarily have to ask a lot of questions when it comes to the culture of a company, because they will possibly show you their culture when they ask you questions.
Next, anything that is included on your CV can be something they want to ask during the interview. So, you need to be well-prepared and get your answers ready. If you have a 1-year gap in your employment history, you should prepare an explanation for this 1-year gap. Maybe you were looking after the kids at home or taking one year off in order to study. Please be sure to know how to explain that gap appropriately.
“When you’ve landed a decent job, you will have the financial stability which allows you to travel overseas.”