Career Networking: How to have drinks with your boss and make it count

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Savvy 'career-oholics' are using after-work drinks to their advantage...

Drinks with the boss

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We're all hooked up to social networking sites and LinkedIn to develop our careers - but what happened to good old fashioned socialising with a couple of drinks after work?

A new breed of career savvy employees are using after-work drinks on a Friday to their advantage; from impressing the boss to building great relationships with colleagues.

If you're worried about the etiquette of asking your boss for a drink, don't panic, because we've got the experts on our side.

Dana Gornitski, from the London Charm school, and head party planner for Late Night London, Emma Howe, have teamed up to help us all avoid the post-work socialising pitfalls.

Remember, a single booze-fuelled comment can mean the difference between that next promotion or another year in a junior role.

Dana says, "Meeting your boss or colleague for an after work cocktail can give you that special touch; chatting over a tipple allows you the chance to let your hair down and show your out-of-office more casual self. The key is to make it a civilised occasion, not one that turns sipping a glass of bubbly into buying rounds of shots and spinning out of control.

The most crucial step to a charm offensive is minding your manners. Simple things like fetching your boss a chair, offering drinks and excusing yourself when you leave to go to the bathroom are the kind of thing which are easily done and should come naturally, but make a real impact."

Take a look at these top tips from Late Night London's corporate party planner Emma Howe on making the most of after-work drinks...



Visit latenightlondon.couk for more tips or see meinmagazine.com.

Watch Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn battle the murky waters of boss-employee drinks here...



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