Inigo Montoya, in the classic movie Princess Bride, is a man on a mission to find the six-fingered man who killed his father. There’s a lot veteran job seekers can learn from him about networking by the way he introduces himself.
Come on, you’ve said this line before, say it again: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
While tongue-in-cheek, Inigo Montoya’s guide to networking meme simplifies the mystery of networking, especially if you lean more to the introverted side.
In the military, social niceties are not necessary. You’re part of a highly trained team. Everyone is a cog in a (more or less) finely tuned machine. There’s no room for pleasant social networking; you show up, you get your work done. Not so in the civilian world.
While this is something we do every day, it might seem a bit daunting to do in a more formal social networking environment, like a job fair, or an industry social mixer. But stick with the basics -- it’s authentic and simple.