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What is networking?

  • Networking is the development of contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career. It is an especially important aspect of career management
  • The purpose is to gather information, not to ask for a job
  • 80% of jobs are filled by networking
  • Personal way of building rapport with contacts

Networking essentials:

  • Meeting people who can be of help to you
  • Collecting and updating contact info, like phone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Keeping in regular contact with those in your network
  • Thanking people for their help
  • Helping others when asked
  • Business cards

Who's in your network?

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Teammates
  • Faculty
  • Advisors
  • Student Organization members
  • Supervisors
  • Classmates
  • Staff

Creating Your 30 Second Elevator Speech:

  • Clear, concise bit of communication that can be delivered in the time it takes folks to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator
  • The purpose of this commercial is to make people aware of what you do and what type of business you are looking for, usually in a thirty to sixty-second timeframe
  • The key to a successful 30-second commercial is to give people abasic understanding of what you do while giving them a reason to want to continue the conversation
  • Try to include the following information:
    • Who you are - name, major, city, state
    • Career goals
    • Interests, skills
    • Leadership / Involvement

Tips for working networking events & receptions

  • Effective body language
  • Be aware of personal space
  • Maintain an open posture
  • Be careful of unconscious gestures - fidgeting, playing with hands, touching your face
  • Keep your facial expressions open by smiling when appropriate; Avoid frowning
  • Maintain eye contact when talking or listening; avoid staring
  • Ask questions about their work, how they got their position, what they like best about their career, etc
  • Be ready to talk about yourself

How to approach people at an event:

  • Be "ready to engage" with conversation topics, questions and stories in the back of your mind ready to go as soon as you meet someone. This will help you avoid those awkward "How's the weather" type of discussions.
  • Common Point of Interest: It's an essential element to every conversation and interaction. Your duty, as you meet new people, or even as you talk with those you already know, is to discover the CPI as soon as possible. It connects people to you. It allows them to feel more comfortable talking to you.
  • Even if it's cold, even if you're bored, even if you're tired and don't want to be there - don't cross your arms
  • Bring business cards and wear a nametag

How to exit your conversation at an event:

  • The best way to move on in a conversation is introduce the person you're talking with to someone else. Everyone wins as the two people each get to make a new connection and you get to move on.
  • The next best thing to do is to excuse yourself. There are a number of methods to effectively do this. The most common way is to say, "I see a client/coworker/friend/colleague that I need to connect with before the event gets over, but it was nice meeting you." Another way is to excuse yourself to visit the bar, food station or restroom.
  • Politely explain to the other person that you both attended the event to connect with several people and it's unfair for either you to dominate the other's time.
  • Exiting a conversation can be tricky, but by being polite and helpful, you can turn a potentially negative situation into something positive.


What is Social Networking?

The Internet is filled with millions of individuals who are looking to meet other people, to gather and share first-hand informationand experiences about specific topics,developing friendshipsorprofessional alliances, finding employment, and business-to-business marketing.

Using LinkedIn to Find a Job:

LinkedIn is a directory of professionals and companies. Individuals and companies use LinkedIn for networking, job searching, hiring, company research, and connecting with affiliates, including alumni, industry, and a variety of other business related groups.

If you're not already on LinkedIn, you definitely need to be. Basically, it's a site that allows you to connect to people you know. It also allows you to see profiles of anyone else on LinkedIn, and gives you ways to connect to them. There are a few ways you can use LinkedIn in a job search:

  • Company Search- One of the best ways to use LinkedIn is if you have a very specific company you are interested in. You search on that company, and hopefully find people who are connected to other people you know. Then, you can ask your personal contact to connect you.
  • Job Postings- LinkedIn allows employers to post jobs on the site. The jobs are usually high quality, professional jobs.
  • Groups - You can search for groups in your career field and join to meet people in similar careers.

Using Connections in LinkedIn:

The more connections you have, the better your chances of having a connection who can help with your job search. When you're applying for jobs, be sure to use the connections you have. Someone who is employed at the company or has connections there will be able to help your candidacy for employment. On the flip side, be willing to help your connections when they need your advice and referrals.