According to dictionary.com (n.d.), networking is “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest,” (p. 1). So, how does this definition of networking relate to a 20-something-year-old college student hoping to land a job post graduation? Simple. Networking gives you “referrels for the job hunt” and in my opinion networking can become the “in” you are looking for when landing a job or internship (The importance of…, n.d., p. 1). These connections can help you get a job because networking is “the single most effective technique for effective and productive job hunting” (Abrams, Faulkner, & Nierenberg, 2013, p. 1).
Because networking is so important I am going to give you the top 3 do’s and don’ts of networking (Hemming, 2010, pg. 1) (“The do’s &,”, n.d., pg. 2 ):
- DO network outside the office.
- DO put those Facebook stalking skills to good use and creep a little on the person you want to connect with. The more you know about a person, the better off you are because you are able to bring things he or she is passionate about into a conversation.
- DO build a long-term relationship with the person you are connecting with. In my own personal experience I have learned that following up is crucial to your relationship.
- DON’T try too hard. Just be you and the right connection will come.
- DON’T get too personal with your connection. Keep your relationship professional, because after all, one day this person could be your boss.
- DON’T be timid. I think this is the most important “DON’T” because if you are not willing to put yourself out there then you are not going to meet people. If you only stick to the people you know, then you are missing out on a world of opportunities.
Until next time,
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