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The Career Center

Networking Tips

Networking is one of the most important skills you should develop and hone. You probably have heard that over 70% of jobs come through people you know. Oftentimes, networking can be challenging and intimidating. As you continue to practice and refine your skills when establishing and cultivating connections, keep these networking tips in mind:

  • You know more people than you think.
    • Everybody knows somebody, even if they don’t share your major, work in your field/industry of interest or have a job at your dream company. Be inquisitive. Ask questions. Challenge yourself – meet new people.
  • Quality AND quantity.
    • Knowing a lot of people is good. Knowing a variety of people is also good. Having a large AND diverse network is best. Expand your horizons. Be friendly. Be courteous.
  • Give AND take.
    • Networking is about establishing a give and take relationship and supporting each other. Keep in touch regularly. Provide feedback. Be generous – offer your assistance.
  • Do what you like.
    • There are people to be met everywhere, so find interesting people in something you enjoy doing. Get involved in your passions and interests. You’ll meet people you immediately share something in common with – what a great conversation starter! Be true to yourself. Be brave. Have fun!
  • Use social media.
    • Social media can be a good way to start or maintain the conversation, but don’t forget the power of personal touch. Take things offline for an in-person meet-up or phone call. Be professional. Be social. Offer a firm handshake.
  • Meet. Talk. Repeat.
    • Practice won’t make it perfect, but it will make it easier. Meet people anywhere. Talk to people everywhere. Repeat constantly.
  • Communication etiquette.
    • Remember the golden rule: Treat others as you want to be treated. Learn something about your contact. Ask questions and actively listen to the responses. Repeat their name so you remember it. Pay attention to your body language (half of a conversation is non-verbal). Smile. Be present. Be engaged.
  • Be persistent. 
    • Being persistent doesn't mean being a pest. Know your boundaries. Three follow-up calls in a week is a bit overboard. Be confident. Be patient. Follow-up.

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