Did you know that 40% of Americans feel more comfortable with engaging with people online than in person? Despite the many benefits of connecting with someone online, personal 1:1 time with someone has a more profound impact on relationship building, a major key to win the job, customer, manager, etc.
The process of networking in-person can be an anxiety provoking task. Thoughts may arise on what to say, where to start and how to maintain contact. There are several ways to simplify the face-to-face networking process to make it easier for you. Larry Jackson, NCA Assistant Director of Student Career Advising, serving students in McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science and the science fields in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, shares six steps to help you optimize your networking experience.
- Identify your goal for networking.
- Prospect contacts within your field of interest.
- Create and share your professional introduction.
- Have 2-3 questions prepared to ask potential contacts.
- Be “present” during the networking session.
- Follow up after your discussion.
These six steps can help you get your networking off to a smooth start.To learn more about the networking process, schedule an appointment through CareerCat with your NCA career adviser.