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Friday, June 22, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a One-Pager and why do I need one?
    A One-Pager is an abbreviated profile that fits comfortably on a single page. It quickly shows others who you are and how they can help you.

    Your One-Pager includes your contact information, a brief summary of employment background, and job skills. It also includes a list of target companies or contacts for which you are seeking introductions.

    It differs from your resume because it is designed specifically for others to help you as opposed to a vehicle for an employer to determine your qualifications.

    Target companies are the companies you are targeting and to which you are seeking introductions. Your target list will change as you learn of new opportunities available or research companies that match your preferences.

    Examples of a well-constructed One-Pager:

    PDF One Pager   DOC One Pager

  2. How do I create a One-Pager?
    It’s easy. Open a Microsoft Word version of your resume. Or open the sample One-Pager and type your information into that format.

    • Under the 'Work Experience' section, shorten or omit all the descriptions, leaving the content you want.

    • 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. 

    • Bring at least 25 copies to each BENG meeting you attend.


    Or open the sample One Pager One-Pager and type your information into that format.

  3. What should I bring to a BENG Networking Meeting?

    • 25 copies of your One-Pager.

    • Table-tent card with your name on it – click here for an MS Word template.

    • A name tag to wear.

    • 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 offer the maximum networking benefit.
    BENG Networking Meetings:

    • Held monthly and run approximately two hours

    • Range from 10 to 35 attendees, with an average of 20. 

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

    • Job seekers are introduced first, followed by employed members, and self-employed/business owner members. 

    • Some meetings feature an outside presenter on a topic important to the group


  5. How can I best take advantage of the BENG meetings?

    • Arrive on time.
    • As others introduce themselves, review their list of target companies. Indicate when you have a contact that might be of value to the individual.
    • Be prepared to hand out copies of your One-Pager before you speak. 

    • During your introduction, summarize your background and areas of expertise (often referred to as your 'elevator pitch') Keep your elevator pitch from 30 to 60 seconds, tops! 

    • Include your target companies for which you are seeking introductions, and the type of contacts you needed at these companies.
    • If someone has a contact for you, reach out to get that contact after later in the meeting.
    • Write down any contacts you are given. Make notes of what you offer to provide to others; fulfill your commitment as soon as possible.



  6. What benefits will networking offer me?
    Networking is one of the most powerful career success tools available to you. Done well, networking can:

    • Help you find a new job – nearly 70% of all new jobs are obtained through networking.

    • Help you obtain information on targeted companies.

    • Allow you to help others find jobs.

    • Build business relationships.

    • Identify new business opportunities.


  7. What are the right attitudes and expectations for successful networking?
    Nobody is obligated to help you but people will want to help when approached in a positive and unselfish way.
    People have the ability and the choice to assist you if you treat them and their contacts with respect and an approach of mutual benefit.

    When meeting someone, offer to help them first. Show genuine interest in learning about the other person’s interests, abilities and needs.

    Building a relationship takes an investment of time. It’s rare that someone is your best friend after meeting you for five minutes. Have reasonable expectations.

    And remember, it’s your responsibility to find your new job—not someone else’s.

  8. Where can I get more information on being a better networker?
    Go to our Resources Library. All paid members get full access to it.
  9. How can I volunteer to help within the BENG organization?
    “Putting others first” and "members helping members" are the foundation of BENG’s success. Whether you view it as good karma, payback for the benefits you have received, or just want to be part of the greater good, we welcome you to take a more active role.

    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 roles currently need filling.

  10. How can I open a new BENG chapter in my hometown?
    BENG has been expanding steadily over the last ten years. We welcome the opportunity to open new Chapters around the country led by individuals committed to our mission. 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.
  11. Who can I contact if I have questions joining BENG
    For questions specifically relating to membership, please contact Rick Gutshall at rickgutshall@thebeng.org.
  12. Having problems accessing the website?
    If you are a BENG alumni and you aren’t finding the pages which were previous accessible, your membership may have expired. You can easily renew your membership by using the link below after you have logged in: Membership Application

    If you need help retrieving your user name and/or password, please contact our Membership Director, Rick Gutshall, at rickgutshall@thebeng.org

  13. Does BENG replace all other networking groups?
    No. No one group can do everything. BENG is one of many groups in which you should participate. BENG provides a unique set of networking opportunities and resources.
  14. How can I best help others in the group?
    You already took the best first step in helping others by asking how to help.

    • Really listen to others when they introduce themselves.

    • Look over their contact list and think of matches you may have for them.

    • Follow up after the meeting with people you met through phone calls or emails. Add them to your LinkedIn contacts. Add them to your email lists.

    • Stay in touch with others by whatever means is convenient.

    • When you meet someone new, ask yourself: Is there anyone else who would benefit from this new contact? Then make the introduction.


 

Answers to Your Questions

Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions and answers below. If you have other questions, please email questions@thebeng.org. We’ll get back to you promptly.

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