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How To Answer "What Do You Do?" At Networking Events

When you’re unemployed, the thought of answering the simple question “What do you do?” can seem so daunting. What do you say? How can you answer the question without feeling embarrassed about your situation? What can you say to impress the person you’re talking to? First off, don’t feel embarrassed about being unemployed. Being in-between jobs isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Instead of saying “Right now, I’m unemployed but I’m looking for opportunities in the marketing space,” get more specific so the other person clearly understands how you add value. You can do that by using your branding statement. Your branding statement should be relatively short and answer three questions:


1. ) What type of problem do you solve for employers?

How do you save or make companies money using your skill set?

2.) How do you do it?

Get specific so the other person clearly understands but don’t be long-winded.

3.) What are you looking to do next?

Not only does this answer give the other person a good idea of what you do, but it shows them that you clearly understand how you add value to companies. This will make a great impression!
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In this week's edition of Well,This Happened, the series that lets you become a career coach, we addressed James' tough situation.

James was caught off guard during a department heads meeting when he was asked to present. He wasn't prepared but did so anyway and bombed the presentation because of this. James is now wondering what he should do to address this situation.

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