Week 3: Six Tips for Successful Networking

The first tip is asking information about the company, not for a job. It definitely puts the people involved in a very weird or awkward situation. You just need to gather information first. I also think you don’t need to sound too desperate, regardless of your situation. If you happen to act this way it could absolutely mess up any chances or opportunities you may have had. The second tip is first starting out with people you know, then expand to people they know, and eventually strangers. I feel it is best to start out with someone you do know, and are familiar with. It also gives you a chance to experiment on different techniques, and different ways to communicate without having someone thinking you aren’t prepared. The talking to strangers part should be a breeze when you get to this point in the whole process. You should definitely feel more prepared to ask questions about the company, and letting the person know you think what they are doing is awesome, and give great feedback also. I’ll skip to tip four now. Be aware you are gonna have good and bad days. There will be times when people don’t respond right away or don’t respond at all. You just have to realize that you will have that one amazing opportunity to speak with someone who just might be interested in actually taking the time to see what you have to say. Don’t give up just yet. Keep contacting different people. It will pay off. Now tip five, do some research on the industry, company, or career of your contact. You want to make sure you are prepared to have a great conversation with the person, and for them to feel like you actually took time on your own to learn more about what their company consist of. I think making a list of questions is a great idea to explore more of what the company does or is all about. Also ask for advice as well. Especially if they have been at this whole networking thing for awhile, I’m sure they have some great tips to help you along. I didn’t cover all the tips, but to me these are the ones that stuck the most out. I feel like they will be very useful. Good luck!!!!!!!

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