Monthly Archive for October, 2015

4 Things You Need At A Networking Event

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Networking events are extremely valuable opportunities for all who attend. They are a great way to meet new people in your field and to make new connections that may help you in the future. However, it is not just enough to show up to these events; you should also be marketing your business or brand to the other attendees as effectively as possible. If you are attending such an event soon and you are feeling a little bit intimidated, here are four things you should have in your back pocket to help you get through it and make some good impressions.

1. Pens

There are plenty of promotional items on which you can put your business’s name, but the most popular of these would probably be the trusty pen. People love free pens, and even if they just toss the pen into their stationery drawer, there is a good chance it will be used at some point in time. Pens are also useful at networking events because people often forget to bring their own writing implements. If you think you might want some customised pens for your upcoming event, specialists in promotional products, such as Adcall, can help you out.

2. Business Cards

The good old trusty business card needs to be a staple in your business arsenal, and they are great to hand out at networking events as well. It will usually have all your details on it, including your name, mobile phone number, email address, and possibly a very brief overview of what your business is all about. Don’t be afraid to offer cards to people, though you will find that interested parties will usually ask for one anyway.

3. Name Badges

It can be awkward to continually ask for people’s names, and these events are usually quite busy and crowded, so chances are you probably won’t have the brain power to remember anyone’s name with any clarity. This is where name badges come in handy – you can either print these and have them ready or get attendees to create their own (if you’re the organiser). Either way, these are often a must-have at networking events.

4. Confidence

This might sound a bit cheesy and a little obvious, but confidence goes a long way at these sorts of events. Don’t be afraid of rejection, and don’t be afraid to approach people you want to talk to. You can gain an enormous amount of experience and knowledge from networking events, and you don’t want to squander that just because you lack that little bit of confidence.

These are only four of the many things you need at a networking event. If you are apprehensive about hosting or attending such an event, ask your friends or colleagues if they have ever been to one. Ask them for advice and then take it on board – good luck!

Do you often attend networking events? Do you coordinate these types of gatherings? Is there anything that you think would be essential for such an event? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Hire The Right Employees With These 5 Tips

Hiring

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Hiring the right employees can be a critical factor in the success or demise of your business. But finding the right person for the job can be a stressful, time-consuming experience – sometimes you wonder if it would be easier to just take a gamble on the first seemingly qualified candidate that comes by. So how can you find the people you need without all of the stress? Here are a few things you should bear in mind throughout the hiring and interview process to help you make the best possible hire.

1. Narrow Your Search

Recruitment can be a really messy process and there are many different ways to streamline it. Some businesses prefer to list vacancies and opportunities themselves through public job search websites, but the responses are wildly varied and it can be hard to narrow down the candidates. Going through a proven recruitment company like Smart Worker will help you find ideal candidates and get them in for an interview far more efficiently.

2. Look For Commitment

Anyone who is committed to building their career is a person you want on your team. People with long resumes filled with short stints at other companies, jumping ship every six months for the promise of a higher salary, are not worth your time regardless of their skill level. A career-focused person tends to be a loyal person and this stability will lead to a long and fruitful business relationship.

3. Check For Compatibility

An employee who is a great fit for your particular company culture is essential. If a candidate possesses the social skills to start developing relationships with co-workers and management alike, they will be a vital asset and key to making your office a fun and enjoyable place to work. They must have a willingness to compromise and work cooperatively with others, so if their relations with current business partners or clients are strained then look elsewhere.

4. Ask Better Questions

Your interview process is a time when you can dig in and find out quite a lot about a given candidate, but it can often get bogged down in minutia or questions that make the candidate uncomfortable. Asking hard questions is fine, but ask too many and the candidate might think the job isn’t worth all the effort. Bring others in on the hiring process as other opinions might give you food for thought.

5. Check Social Media

As mentioned, getting too personal in an interview may cause a communication breakdown. Many employers are able to get a better idea of who a given candidate is as a person by checking out their social media presence. Some may be crafty and have their privacy settings maxed out, but others may be fine with leaving their accounts public. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all excellent places to start.

These are just a few of the ways you can increase the chances that you’ll hire the right employees when the time comes. There are so many other considerations but these are key. What are your biggest considerations when looking at candidates?