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The Importance of Your Introduction | Job Seeker Advice

March 26th, 2013

When you introduce yourself to potential employers, the introduction you choose says a lot more about you than you realize. That’s why it’s so important to work on your introductions whether you’re preparing to network, getting job interviews, or are simply working to make your first professional connection among peers.

Here are a few tips to help you nail your introductions and really influence others, including recruiters. 

1)   Keep it low key. You aren’t trying to intimidate anyone with your introduction. More importantly, those who try too hard to impress others with their introductions typically fail. Don’t recite your resume, provide your alma matter, or give a fancy title that no one in the group really understands. Unless you’re in a situation where your job title, college degree, or resume are relevant to the moment, it’s best to leave them out of the introduction. Those things can come later.

2)   Make it about others. One of the best job skills you can develop in life is that of a good listener. There’s so much you can learn from listening. In this instance, there’s so much you can learn from listening. Ask questions when appropriate and listen the rest of the time. They’ll be far more impressed by the things you didn’t say, most of the time, than they would be if you filled in the silences talking only about yourself.

3)   Keep your introductions appropriate to the occasion. Whether it’s a business or social engagement you need to keep your introduction appropriate for the occasion. That will gain you far more respect in the long run than many other types of introductions you may muster.

4)   Avoid an obvious agenda. The longer you’ve been seeking work, the more difficult this becomes. However, there are two things that will almost kill any hope of job prospects coming from an introduction. One is demanding work. The other is begging for it – even in round about manners. The job market has certainly been unkind over the past several years. Take some comfort from the fact that things are beginning to look up for job seekers and look for more creative and inventive ways to introduce yourself to others while still making a favorable first impression.

Don’t prop yourself or attempt to make yourself appear important in your introduction. Instead, offer the torch of friendship and see who takes it willingly. The value of making a connection with another human being may not be one that lands you a job in these trying times. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer something of great value that would have been lost to you without a proper introduction to get things started.

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