Networking Tips and Ideas
- Networking on the fly – The quality of your relationship
with the individuals in your network is more important
than your total number of contacts.
- Expecting too much too soon – It takes time to establish
a relationship with people in your network. Don’t expect
your network to build simply through one meeting.
- Job seeking disguised as informational interviewing –
Don’t be sneaky! If you contact a person to find out
more about your career field of interest don’t show up
and begin asking for a job.
- Not paying attention to new advice that is given –Take
away at least one new piece of new information.
Ask questions that will lend helpful advice (see the
Guidelines for Informational Interviewing).
- Ignoring the “give back” dimension – Networking is not
a one-way street. Provide a mutual exchange of
information when asked.
- Finding a job is a full-time job and networking is one
of the most successful ways to go about doing it.
- Pay attention to who you contact and when – keep a log
of that information.
- Keep up to date on recent trends in your field to
discuss in informational interviews.
- Use local business publications to find out about an
organizational growth or new organizations that are
moving into the area. e.g. In Buffalo – Business First
- If you are interested in more than one field, you need
to run two separate networking campaigns.
- Practice your introduction.
Hello my name is Chris R.
Candidate. Mary Smith, my economics professor at Buffalo
State, suggested I contact you regarding career
possibilities within the banking industry. Would you
have a moment to speak with me?
Mr./Ms. Jones, I have recently graduated with a degree
in business. I was hoping to speak with you regarding
the service industry. Would you have some time this week
for a short conversation?
- Realize that “no” does not mean “no” forever.
- Be patient and persistent!
- Leave a copy of your resume when asked.
- Write a thank you letter for their time and helpful
- When appropriate, ask for a business card so you can
stay in contact.