We recently read an article that made a lot of sense for someone trying to decide whether or not to go to a class reunion, particularly if networking would help you right now. Networking to find a job, that is. And we know there are lots of folks in that situation. So, as improbably as it sounds, job hunting is a perfectly valid reason to go to your class reunion!
These ideas are extracted and summarized from an article in the Detroit Free Press by Patricia Montmurri with Sally Schmall of the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Bring business cards.
Employed or not, business cards ensure people have your contact info...just in case they know of jobs available.
Pitch yourself in two minutes or less.
Describe what you do, what you want to do, where you've worked and highlight your skills.
Ditch the old clique.
Take advantage of the room full of knowledge and opportunity from people you least expect.
Stay in touch.
Make a contact list and stay in touch.
Offer to help others.
Ask old classmates how you can help them.
Watch your drinking.