Top 10 Networking Tips

Top 10 Networking Tips

It’s important that before learning how to network, you understand the purpose of networking. Professional networking is a means to build connections with other professionals. It’s important to foster real, mutually beneficial relationships with your connections. This means that in order to ask your contacts for their help, you have to give help as well.

See below for 10 networking tips to get you started!

  1. Decide what companies you would like to work for. Knowing which companies you’re interested in will help you choose relevant networking events to attend.
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  2. Know what types of positions you are looking for. This can help you get the best results at fewer events.
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  3. Once you know the information above, do some research on networking events in your area. For example, if you know you want to work for a bank, look for banking networking events. Finding events that directly relate to what you want to do helps ensure that your time is spent wisely.
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  4. Prepare business or contact cards. If you don’t currently have a job with business cards, prepare some personal contact cards that include your name, phone number, email address, and any professional social media sites such as LinkedIn. At these events, it’s much easier to exchange contact info if you can just exchange cards.
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  5. Attend the event(s)! Be sure to dress professionally and use interview etiquette when speaking with possible contacts. Remember that you are there for professional networking, not for personal reasons.
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  6. To introduce yourself, give a brief description about what you do or what your qualifications are. If you are currently looking for employment, mention that in your introduction as the reason you’re there. An example would be, “I’m currently looking for a ____ position, and I like to attend these networking events to get more connections in the industry.”
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  7. Be selective about who you trade cards with. It can be overwhelming to meet so many people, and it might seem easier to just walk around handing out cards. I’ve been to events where people just handed me their card, without even introducing themselves. Guess what happened to the cards? They went into the trash on my way out. Making contacts also means making connections.
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  8. After the event, wait at least 24 hours, then contact the people you met. Send them an e-mail or a social media invite with a personalized message, letting them know that you enjoyed meeting them. Include a piece of information that can help them in their career/business/life.For example, if someone tells you that they are interested in starting a YouTube channel, you could forward an article about the best ways to get views on YouTube. This is a great way to really solidify that connection and show that you are interested in a mutually beneficial relationship.
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  9. Reach out to your contacts again in 3 months. Use the calendar on your phone or in your e-mail to remind yourself. After those 3 months pass, reach out to your connections and simply ask them to have coffee or lunch.
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  10. Have coffee or lunch with your connections every 6 months or so to keep in contact. Just meeting them once at an event is not enough to consider them a connection. Remember to build on the relationship you have with them so they remember you when there’s an opportunity.

 

That’s it; my top 10 networking tips! Have you tried networking before? How did it go? Leave me a comment and share your experience!

 

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