7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Residency Networking Events

Posted on Mon, Sep 21, 2015
7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Residency Networking Events

By Amanda DiRuggieri

On August 18, EmCare invited emergency medicine residents from Philadelphia-area residency programs to a fun and unique event, “An Evening with the Big Cats,” at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Luckily, a heat wave of more than 90 degrees didn’t keep the cats or the residents away. More than 100 guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with both recruiters and fellow residents. Residents were able to participate in our special “Passport to Prizes” program, where they had the opportunity to earn raffle tickets for great prizes by visiting stations throughout the venue and interacting with our recruiters.

Events like this give residents and recruiters a chance to make valuable connections with peers, building relationships that will likely lead to job placements, referrals and numerous other potential opportunities. You never know who you’ll meet and how they might be able to help you in the future, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared and ready to mingle!

Here are some tips for successful networking at events:

  1. Step outside of your comfort zone: Of course you’re comfortable talking to another physician in your scrubs at the hospital, but a networking event in a business suit might not have you at ease. Work up the confidence to introduce yourself to someone you’ve never met before.
  2. Be aware of your body language: Be warm and welcoming, and others will naturally gravitate toward you. Smile!
  3. Ask questions: Show interest in what someone is saying and learn more about them by asking thoughtful and open-ended questions. People enjoy talking about themselves. Let them talk and you can find out more about your mutual interest, connections and more.
  4. Be yourself! Don’t try to be someone you think others want you to be. Be genuine and you will make authentic connections.
  5. Use the other person’s name: As soon as possible after meeting someone, use the person’s name in the conversation. This will not only help you remember their name, but it makes them feel important.
  6. Take notes: When you walk away from a conversation, jot down important thoughts on the person’s business card or a piece of paper so that you’ll remember them later. For example, Sam is from California and works for the hospital where you interviewed for residency.
  7. Follow Up: After the event, send an e-mail or text continuing the conversation or asking for a small favor to further develop the relationship.

Amanda DiRuggieri is a National Residency Program Coordinator with EmCare.


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