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Be Your Best Professional Self

Be your best professional self

Despite the global scale of oil, gas, power and commodities we work in a finite pool of employers and employees. Therefore, whether you enjoy it or not, networking is vital. Our lubricants and fuel team offer some advice to natural and not-so-natural networkers!

Be in the right place

There is a plethora of industry conferences but there is likely to be one prominent annual get-together in your sector says Keeley Robinson “For example in the lubricants market it’s important to head to ICIS in London, in fuel oils, it’s FPS”. Get to know the best events in your sector where there will be a large number of networking opportunities and time will be well-spent.

Be prepared

Conversation flows better if you know what you want to get out of it says Victoria Cornwell, a recruiter in the lubricants team. “If there’s something in particular you want to talk about it’s a good idea to arrange a meeting in advance, networking doesn’t have to be spontaneous” she says and to make sure you’ve done your research first:

“If you’re attending a dinner, have a look at who else is sitting on your table. Social media is invaluable for putting a face to a name in advance, or if the event has a hashtag you can get a preview of who else you might meet there.”


If you don’t know what you want to get out of it, it’s also no bad thing says John Surtees of our fuel oils team “Networking offers so many opportunities, it’s not just about looking for a new role. People swap valuable industry news during informal conversation over coffee and networking doesn’t have to be meeting new people either, it’s just as valuable to catch-up with old contacts.”

Be your best professional self

There are formal and informal settings for networking but remember it’s still a business activity, says Keeley Robinson: “Whether you’re in the conference break-out area or at the bar, you want to portray your best professional self. I have known situations where someone’s personal brand has perhaps been jeopardised by not maintaining that professional persona!”

“You’re not necessarily there to make friends” adds John Surtees. “The important thing is to build a professional connection with people. When you have met someone face-to-face, you will undoubtedly have more of a connection with them than via email or phone so make the opportunity count.”

However you feel about networking, being connected means you’re front-of-mind if the dream job does come up. If you’re not looking to move roles, or to recruit, and the very least you will be well informed, and may even enjoy yourself.

Our authors Keeley Robinson and Victoria Cornwell work in our lubricants team, and John Surtees in fuel sales, supply and storage.