If you’re heading to OTC, now is the time to make sure your online presence is in good shape.
You’ll want to put your LinkedIn and any other social media addresses on your business cards, recommended Jim John, chief operating officer for the career network site Beyond.com in King of Prussia, Pa.
Then before you hit the showroom floor, do some updating on your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts to showcase your skills, experience and talent.
Make sure everything is up to date, he said.
And if you don’t have a professional-looking photo on your Twitter or LinkedIn account, now is the time to post one.
Check FuelFix daily during OTC for more networking tips from L. M. Sixel, whose weekly Working column appears in the Houston Chronicle.
Previous OTC networking tips:
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It’s tough to start a conversation with someone you don’t know. The weather isn’t a great starting point. Neither is the food.
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Dress up. You’ll stand out — in a good way —from all the more casually dressed attendees.
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Don’t ask for an invitation when you show up at a booth. It’s one of those things that if you have to ask, you’re not going to get.
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Do what doesn’t come naturally to most people, seek out the people you don't know.
If you’re interested in an oil and gas career, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to study up on international issues.
Take careful notes of every encounter you have as you go from booth to booth, to help re-start the conversation later.
Loading yourself down with all those chip clips, thumb drives, mouse pads, stuffed animals, koozies, hats, hand-muscle exercisers and key chains sends a message that says, "not so serious."
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Do your homework: Spend some time doing research on the companies you’ve targeted. The more homework you do, the easier it is to talk.
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First impression: Don’t think of the convention as time away from the office in which you can relax and wear what you want. What you’re wearing should be forgettable.
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Don't get in the way: While many have received job offers during the Offshore Technology Conference, don't be too aggressive. It’s important to be sensitive to the sales staff's time.
Getting ready: If you’re heading to OTC, now is the time to make sure your on-line presence is in good shape.
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How to meet and greet: The key to confidently meeting and greeting people you don’t know? Practice.