Michigan United Tech meetups are here so that everyone in the community of Detroit and its surrounding cities can have more opportunities so that they can start or continue networking together and make new connections. Whether you want to netowork or make friends, that is up to you. If you are shy then this should be a reason for you to get out there and socialize with others. Everyone is here to meet other people.
Networking events are a bit like being set up on a blind date, and similar rules do apply. Don't take over the conversation and talk about yourself and business. People want to feel that you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. Ask questions to get to know other people and understand what they do. As you build the connection, potential opportunities often present themselves. The key to making the contact feel valued is to pay attention to what he says about his likes, dislikes, hobbies and needs. Then, appropriately apply that knowledge. If you are aware that a contact is participating in a special event for example, make a note of it and follow up to see how the event went.
Okay, so you’ve decided to build the best networks the world has ever seen. You started with your family and moved to your extended family—and their extended family—and then networked up, down and sideways at work. Now what do you do? I would make getting into the next four groups my next step, be it bowling, bridge, or helping kids sell cookies, the power of club membership is far reaching. It will propel your career and change your life. These include: alumni clubs, industry associations, social/golf/athletic clubs and hobbies. They do not need to be software related. This is networking. The connections you make within these organizations are on shared interests. You will learn the latest industry gossip at a professional association, don’t discount the value of networking through non-work-related activities. These just widen your horizons and they will make you an invaluable part of other networks!
Take a few minutes to listen to the conversation when joining the group. An effective way to make a good first impression is to join a conversation with a comment that shows you actually were listening to the current group. Acknowledge a point to add to the conversation rather than refocusing on you and your work. Nothing will stop a conversation faster. Listening is not just nodding your head and agreeing. You need to be actively listening and paying attention.
The following job boards will help you in your job search. You should not ignore them because they can lead to a job. It is just a matter of you doing the work. If you do not have the skills to do the job then that is something you have to work on. These are some useful links so you should add these to your tool box.
Here is the list:
General and enterprise focused resources:
Digital Agency resources:
If you Need help with you resume here is a good sample
This will differ somewhat by company.
Most behavioral interview questions focus on a few key topics: your work experience, your work style, and how you deal with obstacles. Recruiters and hiring managers ask these questions so that they can determine if you have the skills and experience that they are looking for, if you can work well with others, if you have the necessary communication skills, and what you do when faced with a conflict or setback.
Preparing for a Behavioral Interview or Initial Phone Screen.
To prepare for a behavioral interview, spend time on the website of the company you are interviewing for. Try to learn as much as you can about them. What do they build? What tech do they use? What’s their culture like? Has their CEO written anything about the company?
The best approach for any networking event is to be yourself and talk about yourself in a casual, non-salesy way. When you talk about yourself, always try to share, not sell. You can do a bit of homework on which connections make sense for you to connect with so you can be focusing your energy chatting with the people that you connect with. What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Ellon Musk do when they speak? Do they try to be someone that they are not?