Have you heard of Meetup? If you’re not utilising Meetup to your full advantage, then you’re missing out on excellent opportunity to network and boost your visibility to the larger employers, recruiters and peers who would lie you to work with them.
With over 45 million users globally Meetup is sure a melting pot for networking, hobbies and interest groups. In Australia alone there are thousands of Meetup groups and as member you can join as many you can. So how can you
- Setup Your Profile: Your Meetup profile will be searchable on search engines, like Google, so it’s important to keep this page as professional as you would your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. It’s update your profile to become more visible to recruiters and employers by using relevant keywords that relate to your skills, experience and industry
- Connect Locally: Join Meetup group relevant for your skill/interest
And the most important part is networking for these events. The usual networking courtesy and rules apply for most Meetup events, however some of these meetups might have specific engagement rules, so pay attention and prepare.
Carry your LinkedIn profile ready to connect: Ensure your LinkedIn and social profiles are easy to search and find or simply use LinkedIn QR Code.
Its about networking and not sales: Prepared with questions and topics to discuss for your meetup.
Follow up and connect: Meetups have a “Good to see you” feature and you can also request to connect on LinkedIn or to exchange emails so that you both can keep in touch beyond the Meetup group.
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