Melbourne's networking etiquette

Networking etiquette in Melbourne
Updated 2019-05-28 13:47

Melbourne is a popular city amongst expats and international students. With its laid-back lifestyle, city beaches, foodie culture, and some of the best coffee in the world, no wonder why it is so popular with many people around the world. When moving somewhere new, it is always good to brush up on your networking skills to make sure you get the best out of the city and meet new and helpful people.

Networking is very useful for both building social networks and professional ones. Networking can help you find work in Melbourne and help build friendships across many diverse groups and share your interests with like-minded people.

Tips for good networking etiquette

Whether you are looking to meet new people, grow your business, or meet professionals for job opportunities, networking is a fantastic way to connect. However, it is always good to remember a certain network etiquette to keep in mind when building relationships.

Always keep things friendly, and if you are networking for business, keep it professional. Always use professional contact details such as a work email or your LinkedIn profile, which is an excellent professional platform.

Build a balanced relationship. If you are looking for advice or opinions professionally, it is only fair that the favour will be returned if needed. Make sure to listen and not just talk about yourself or what you are looking for. Same goes for social networking; keep it friendly and open and remember that this is a two-way street.

Always remain open, honest, and trustworthy. Whether your networking is for social reasons or business, it is essential to stay open-minded and honest. You are building a relationship with someone, so don't start on the wrong foot. To bend the truth or not share the whole picture, is a sure way to get nowhere fast. Don't forget, Melbourne is a 'small' big city, and the last thing you want to do is build a bad reputation. Even if you are unsure of what you are doing, be honest and open about it. People are always willing to help someone who tells the truth, and even if the person you are talking to can't help you, they may refer you on to someone else if they like and trust you.

Don't expect too much and don't let yourself get taken for granted. Sharing experiences, exchanging advice and services is great, but remember to draw boundaries for things that would generally expect a fee in a professional setting. Don't ask anything that you wouldn't be comfortable doing. And don't expect too much for free, especially in a professional setting.

If you are looking to network professionally, keep it relevant. What are you trying to achieve at this networking event? How can this person help you professionally, and how can you in return, help them? If you are looking to network socially, search for events that involve something you enjoy doing. This way, you are more likely to meet like-minded people and get more out of the experience and build stronger relationships.

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