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Networking At Events: How To Make The Most Of Every Opportunity

by Chris Atkinson in career
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The UAE is experiencing major expansion in a range of industries, from the medical and healthcare industry, to finance and education. In fact, the UAE healthcare market is expected to grow 12.7% by 2020. Owing to this ongoing expansion, professionals from all over the country (and beyond) are attending networking events, with recruiters like Flow, to meet other professionals who can expand their circle of work contacts.

As a financial services recruiter, Flow understands the importance of networking – and for this reason, we have compiled a list of top tips and techniques for you to get the most out of your experience.


Go with Purpose


The first step towards getting something truly meaningful out of your networking experience is ensuring that you go to the event with a purpose. If you don’t have a clearly defined and explicit business goal in mind, then your networking event can quickly become a social activity. While this might well be enjoyable, it means that you won’t achieve any professional goals during your time networking.

Before you go, ask yourself why you are attending, and what you intend to achieve. Networking will be the most productive when you focus on your target of getting a job, speak to professionals who appear to be able to help you achieve this target, and form lasting professional relationships with the people you meet.


Show Your Enthusiasm and Offer Something Back

Networking requires both give and take. While it is essential that you attend networking events with your own goal in mind, you must remember that other people are networking and looking for something in return. If you’re looking for a banking recruiter, you need to be ready to show that you have the expertise and experience they are looking for.

After engaging in a friendly and professional manner, and discussing your line of work, you should be prepared to show a recruitment professional the extent of your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to discuss timely or technical issues with the people you meet – it shows that you are interested, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Ask the people you meet what they’re looking for, and how they entered the industry. If you meet an insurance recruiter, use your knowledge as medical devices professional to engage in enthusiastic and interesting discussions about the equipment you are familiar with, or keen to work with.

By providing the people you meet with evidence that you are not only experienced and professional but truly interested and enthusiastic about your work, you will be providing them with exactly what they are looking for. In turn, this will give you the greatest return on your networking efforts.


Attend UAE Banking Events

The UAE is home to a multitude of big banks and financial service organisations. Many of these groups offer membership programs or regular events which are designed to connect financial professionals. By searching for financial service groups, companies, and organisations throughout your local region, you’ll be kept up to date with the latest social events held.


Reference Your Former Employers and Colleagues

As well as showing your knowledge and experience through your words, it’s also important to reference your former employers. To do this, you’ll need to maintain some kind of connection or communication with employers and colleagues of the past. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but it is worth keeping in touch with those people as they can be important references for future work. You can follow up discussions with people at networking events with quality references.

Furthermore, when you decide to move on from one role in an organisation, it’s worth doing so in the most amicable way possible. You never know when you may cross paths with senior officials and executives from that same organisation – even in the UAE!

By keeping in contact with the people you have previously worked with, you’ll be able to provide professionals you meet at networking events with great references.

 


Always be Authentic

Authenticity is absolutely essential for networking and business. In order to establish a reciprocal relationship with recruiters or other banking professionals, you’ll need to show that you love your work, you work hard, and you’re eager to start a new adventure.

When you first meet somebody at a networking event, ask yourself what you need help with at this point in time, and what you see yourself needing in the future. Really think about your answers, and then be honest with the people you meet about what it is you need.

By providing open and honest answers to others who might be in a position to help you find employment, you ensure that everyone is on the same page. Rather than establishing a vague and directionless relationship with other people in the same industry, you’ll have made it clear right from the start what you’re looking for.

For any recruiter or banking professional looking to find qualified professionals, security and reliability are essential.

Remember these key tips when networking in the UAE, and you’ll be putting yourself in the best position for finding work. Show your expertise, your promise and your passion for your line of work, and you’ll be bound to impress other banking professionals who are searching for new employees.
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