Finding a “Wingman” for Your Conference Career Search

Finding a “Wingman” for Your Conference Career Search

Posted on 10. Jan, 2017 by in Careers, Job Seekers

The HIMSS 2017 conference is coming up very quickly and it’s a great opportunity for those searching for a new healthcare IT career. With 50,000 or so attendees and 1300 or so exhibitors at the conference, there are lots of opportunities to network and advance your career. In fact, many companies attend HIMSS with the goal of finding great talent they can hire for their organization.

While at the core of any career search is networking, I’ve found having a “wingman” (I couldn’t find a gender neutral version of this, but a wingwoman works just as well and possibly better than a wingman) with you at a conference can really enhance your career search efforts. Job searches are often compared to dating and for good reason. Turns out that the wingman can play a similar role for you in your career search at a conference as a wingman might do in your search for your soulmate.

How does a wingman make a difference at a conference? If you’re searching for a job or looking for a new job, it’s often awkward to share this information with someone you meet. Plus, it can come off as really arrogant for you to describe all your amazing qualities, skills and expertise.

The same is not true for your wingman. When you meet someone new that could have a potential career opportunity for you, your wingman can easily introduce you and all your best attributes without it coming off as arrogant or desperate for a job.

I’ve seen this happen many times when I’ve introduced people that were searching for jobs to potential employers. It’s amazing how quickly it can open the door to a new discussion for that person. Third party recommendations are powerful. That’s what makes a wingman for your career so powerful.

Of course, the key is to have a good person that can properly introduce you. They have to know you well enough to explain why you’re special. Otherwise, the third party recommendation can fall flat. If you’ve been at these events you know what I’m talking about. You know the guy that introduces everyone they know as someone special and extraordinary. This works when each of the introductions you make is sincere and well-considered. However, they fall flat when they lack substance or the person fails half way through since they got a little too flowery.

If you’re going to HIMSS and you’re searching for a job, consider having a wingman or two who can help you in your job search efforts.

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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