I’m home!!! Or at least I should be. But in the interest of sleeping and not stressing I scheduled this post for today. Next week you’ll get a recap of my travel adventures in Chile and Bolivia.
I like visiting with people, as long as I don’t need anything. Once I need something, I can’t articulate a thought to save my soul. Which is problematic when you’re job searching.
Getting to Know Someone:
- Are you from the area originally? (much less awkward than “where do you live?”)
- Do you have a big family?
- What are you looking forward to this summer?
- How long have you been with the organization?
- Did you plan on being in this role? Or did you evolve into it?
- What’s your favorite aspect of the company/organization/job position?
Religion/Politics: Personally I try to avoid this area, but if it comes up… be respectful. You may think you know how a person feels, but you can be surprised. Recently I was with friends and they brought up a news story, I didn’t share my connection with the story. But I did tell them why I thought the authorities were fighting the wrong issue. Keep it respectful and you’ll be just fine.
If you find yourself stuck with nothing more to say: “It was so great to meet you, I need to go thank the organizer for their hard work on this event” or “I need to go to say hi to my friend over there” or “I need to grab a cup of coffee”.
What conversation topics do you gravitate towards?
Do you struggle with how to wrap up a conversation? (I know I do!)
P.S. Read the first post “Networking: You Don’t Have to Hate it” here!