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Setting Expectations

The networking meeting likely won’t result in a job

Do not expect them to lead to a job, and do not get aggressive with the person who networks with you regarding opportunities.

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Consider networking meetings as information gathering

Think about this as information gathering, and then you do not have to feel too pushy or like you are being misleading.

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The networking meeting is to expand your professional contacts

The purpose of this meeting is to not only find out if they may have a job for you, but more importantly, to begin to develop your professional circles.

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You’ll need to follow up

Keep in mind that they people you met with are likely quite busy and are not purposely avoiding you.

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Don’t think about the outcome of the networking meeting, just prepare for the meeting itself

What should you expect from a networking event? Just about anything. I would worry less about the outcome of the event and more about the preparation for such an event.

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If you meet over lunch or coffee, be prepared to pay for them too

You should be ready to pick up the bill though as that would be the proper etiquette for this type of situation.

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Don’t ask for a job outright

I would not recommend going into a meeting like this and directly asking for a job up front

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