So last week College Works Painting posted Networking Pt. 1: Why Network, this week we want to give you the golden rules to apply to your networking.
Rule #1: Figure out what you want before you start networking
Networking is most effective when you have specific employer targets and career goals. While you do want to be open to different opportunities, being too open makes you look desperate and you’re less likely to end up with a job that really fits your desires.
*Trust me… the job you want really is out there, you don’t have to “settle”
Rule #2: Make a list of people in your network
Your network is a lot bigger than you think it is. In fact you belong to many networks– including friends, family, old classmates, neighbors, colleagues, and even casual acquaintances like your dentist or your uncle’s business partner. Start to write down names and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your list grows.
*Don’t forget that every network connects you to another network
Rule #3: It’s about building relationships not finding a job
“Wait, so I thought networking was a way for me to find work, now your telling me its not?”– wrong.
Networking is a relatively slow, give-and-take process. When you network, slow down, be active, be present, and most of all enjoy the process. Slowing down will speed up your chances for success!
*Don’t be that networker that gets what they need and bounces. Invest in your network by following up and giving feedback to those who have been kind enough to offer help.
How you approaching people in your network is important.
Check out this Harvard site for examples of letters you may write to reach out to someone in your network
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