Professional networking must play an important role throughout your career. If you want to achieve professional success, you should start career networking as quickly as possible.
If you know you are about to speak with a potential employer, have something relevant to talk about. Build your knowledge of the organization you would like to work for before you make that critical first impression.
Attend Career Events
Whether a social event is organized by your college or the community where you live, you can use this as an excellent opportunity for connecting with influential people.
Connect via Social Media
Use social networking platforms to connect with influential people online. Participate in online conversations on social media websites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Get in touch with employers, industry experts, recruiters, passionate people, and others.
Meet as Many People as You Can
While you are studying in college, you should never hesitate to meet with as many people as possible. Introduce yourself to faculty, staff and other students. You never know who you will meet by regularly interacting with a wide variety of people.
Never Lead with your Need
A proper conversation never revolves around one person. You may need an internship or a job, but that need will not qualify you for one. A professional exchange of appropriate information, however, can lead to new opportunities.
If you want to expand your network and benefit from it too, you need to become an active listener. Listening is a great skill, which you can use to attract a lot of people. So, don’t just speak. Let other people share their point of view.
Before you finish networking, remember to ask for that individual’s contact information…and use it. Try to follow up with your new contacts within 48 hours via e-mail.