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Please check through our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you don't see the answer to your question below, email questions@thebeng.org and we'll get back to you and add it to the list as soon as possible!

 Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is a One-Pager and why do I need one?
    A One-Pager is an abbreviated profile that includes your contact information, a brief summary of employment background, your job skills, and most importantly, a list of target companies or contacts where you are looking for introductions. It is different from your resume in that it is a tool to help others help you; rather than a vehicle an employer might use to determine your qualifications.

    For an example of a BENG One-Pager, one of the following links:

    PDF One Pager
    DOC One Pager

    Your One-Pager is a critical vehicle for quickly letting others know who you are, and how they can help you. Target companies are the companies you are targeting and seeking introductions to. You need to spend time developing this list, and it will change as you learn of new opportunities available.
  2. How do I create a One-Pager?
    The steps are fairly simple. Bring up a Microsoft Word version of your resume.

    On the 'Work Experience' section, shorten (or omit) all the descriptions. Fellow BENG members are going to try will try to refer you to the contacts you need in your target companies. This section is not needed by members. It takes up too much room on the page so only basic information is needed.

    Reduce "Accomplishments" to no more than 3-4 per position.

    Add a new section called 'Target Companies' to the bottom of the document.

    Eliminate other sections and copy, as needed, to fit all of this onto one page.

    Resave as a new document.

    Take at least 25 copies to each BENG meeting you attend.
  3. What do I bring to a BENG Networking Meeting?
    25 copies of your 'One-Pager'

    Table-tent card with your name on it

    Name tag

    3 to 4 copies of your resume or CV

    If you represent a business, bring business cards and/or brochures.
  4. What is a typical BENG Meeting format?
    The monthly BENG meetings are structured to help each member get the maximum benefit.

    BENG Networking Meetings:

    Are approximately two hours in length.

    Are held monthly, currently located in 17 locations in 7 states.

    Range from 10 to 35 attendees, but average is 20.

    Allow each attendee approximately 2 to 4 minutes to introduce themselves, talk about their background and expertise, and present their target companies and networking needs.

    Are structured so that job seekers are called upon first, then employed members, and then self employed/business owners.
  5. Best Practices at BENG meetings:
    When others are introducing themselves, review their list of target companies and speak up when you have a contact whom you believe might be of value to the individual.

    Be ready to hand out copies of your One-Pager before you speak.

    When it is your turn, provide the group with your background and area(s) of expertise. This is often referred to as your 'elevator pitch'. Remember, even in the tallest buildings, elevators don't run for a minutes. Keep your elevator pitch from 30 to 60 seconds, tops!

    Speak to the group about your target companies where you are looking for introductions, and the type of contacts you seek at these companies.

    After you have introduced yourself, other attendees will begin to provide you with networking contacts. If someone has a contact for you, it is your responsibility to be the one to 'reach out' to get that contact after the meeting.
  6. BENG Meeting Checklist: What’s Expected of You
    Arrive prepared with your one-pager (25 copies), tent card., name tag and notebook in business casual attire.

    Have the right attitude. Be willing/ready to assist others with whatever you can contribute.

    Contribute whenever possible (even during your first meeting), offer to other attendees helpful information, and contacts to their target (or similar) companies.

    Pay attention. No side conversations.

    Take notes. Write down in your networking notebook the contacts you are given. Make a note of whatever you offer to provide to others; seek to give/send these immediately, if possible, but not later than three days.

    Come with the commitment to promptly act on every contact that you receive.
  7. Why should I be networking?
    Networking can be used:

    * To find yourself a new job–about 70% of all new jobs are obtained through networking.

    * For you to help others find jobs.

    * To build business relationships.

    * To find new business opportunities.

    * To obtain information on targeted companies.
  8. Why does one need to learn to network correctly?
    Properly done, networking is the most successful method for finding a new job position, and it entails a critical set of skills needed by most successful business professionals. Poorly done, networking can limit your job search activities, and can close business doors to you permanently.
  9. What are some other right attitudes and expectations needed for networking?
    Right attitudes:

    Other people, whom I don’t yet know, have the ability and the choice to assist me—if I treat them and their contacts with respect and without expectations, while I am seeking to receive assistance toward my goals.

    Therefore, when meeting someone, I will offer to help them first and I will focus on and seek to learn about the other person’s interests, abilities and needs, thus earning the opportunity to request their assistance and cooperation.

    Building a relationship takes an investment of my time, sometimes a cup of coffee, and offering to help someone, so that I can benefit as well.

    Lastly, it’s my responsibility to get me my new job—not someone else’s.
  10. How can I volunteer to help within the BENG organization?
    BENG’s philosophy of "members helping members" enhances the quality of each member’s professional network by actively promoting a culture that is focused on putting others first.

    If you are willing to provide up to 4 hours per month of volunteering to help maintain the BENG organization, we thank you. Please contact Peter Frost at peterfrost@thebeng.org for more information on what types of volunteers are currently needed.
  11. How can I open a new BENG chapter in my hometown?
    BENG has been expanding steadily over the last ten years and we welcome the opportunity to open new Chapters around the country. If you would like to learn more about what is involved in opening and running a BENG Chapter, please contact Paula Resetco at PaulaResetco@thebeng.org.
  12. Who can I contact if I have questions joining BENG
    We apologize for any inconvenience in joining the Business Executive Networking Group. If you are having issues, please contact Rick Gutshall at rickgutshall@thebeng.org
  13. Having problems accessing the website?
    If you are a BENG alumni and your membership has expired, you can easily renew your membership by using the link below after you have logged in:

    http://thebeng.org/Sandbox/MembershipApplication/tabid/625/Default.aspx

    You will need to know your username and password. If you need help retrieving these, please contact our Membership Director, Rick Gutshall, at rickgutshall@thebeng.org

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