Six Steps to Help You Optimize Your Networking Experience

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.

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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.

  1. Identify your goal for networking.
  2. Prospect contacts within your field of interest.
  3. Create and share your professional introduction.
  4. Have 2-3 questions prepared to ask potential contacts.
  5. Be “present” during the networking session.
  6. 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.

 

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