“If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.” – Robert Kiyosaki
Whether you are looking for your next amazing job opportunity or expanding contacts in your area of business, networking is a great place to start. Many companies offer networking events where you can get a flavor for the people, the workspace, and the culture. But how do you make the most of the opportunity? How do you walk away feeling like you made a good impression? First impressions do matter, and sometimes you only get one opportunity to meet someone who might influence your chances at getting your dream job. We get it. That is why we are offering some advice on how to successfully navigate an Anaplan networking event.
We recently opened our doors at the Anaplan Minneapolis office for an open networking event, where attendees met Anaplan employees and also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our recruiters to “pick their brains” about all things Anaplan. There were technology demonstrations, great conversations, and, of course, free food!
There will be more Anaplan networking events, and we want you to come feeling prepared and leave knowing that you made great connections. Check out the tips below!
5 Tips for acing an Anaplan networking event
- Know who we are and what we do.
- Bring a mental list of questions that will help you better understand Anaplan and show that you have done your homework.
- Review Anaplan’s current job postings to see if there are any openings that intrigue you.
- Before your visit, scour LinkedIn to find out who works in the local office that you would like to meet.
- Bring several business cards and copies of your resume.
Read through our website, understand our value proposition, our customer base, and our technology. Doing this will allow you to easily elevate your conversations beyond the icebreakers and have meaningful and memorable interactions.
What are you curious about? The structure of the organization? The culture? What makes someone at Anaplan successful? Having a mental list of questions will show that you are genuinely curious about Anaplan, while ultimately helping you better understand whether or not Anaplan is the right fit for you.
Are you a fit for an open position? Come prepared to talk about how your professional experience relates to the job opening and why you would be a great fit for the role. We are a fast-paced company and aren’t shy about getting down to business with amazing candidates. Don’t see a perfect fit in our job openings but still interested in Anaplan? Come anyway! We are in hyper-growth mode and are constantly posting new roles, so don’t miss an opportunity to express your interest in person.
Use LinkedIn to your advantage! Having a targeted “meet” list will help maximize your networking efforts so that you can have those meaningful and memorable conversations that will help get you to the next level.
With each new person that you meet, don’t be shy about handing them a business card and asking for one of their cards. After the event, put those business cards to use by following up with emails conveying how you felt about meeting them and what you think about Anaplan. Don’t be shy about handing your resume to recruiters or other Anaplan team members. Good luck!