M5S6NetworkingM5S6 Networking is a derivative of“Networking” from “College Success” by Linda Bruceprovide by Lumen Learning and licensed underCC BY 4.0.“M5S6 Networking is licensedunderCC BY 4.0byIRSC.Communication—the human connection—is the key to personal and careersuccess.—Paul J. Meyer, motivational speakerStrategies for NetworkingIn the context of career development, networking is the process by which people buildrelationships with one another for the purpose of helping one another achieveprofessional goals.When you “network,” you exchange information.•You may share business cards, résumés, cover letters, job-seeking strategies,leads about open jobs, information about companies and organizations, andinformation about a specific field.•You might also share information about meet-up groups, conferences, specialevents, technology tools, and social media.•You might also solicit job “headhunters,” career counselors, career centers, careercoaches, an alumni association, family members, friends, acquaintances, andvendors.Networking can occur anywhere and at any time. In fact, your network expands witheach new relationship you establish. And the networking strategies you can employ arenearly limitless. With imagination and ingenuity, your networking can be highlysuccessful.How to Get StartedWe live in a social world. Almost everywhere you go and anything you do professionallyinvolves connecting with people. It stands to reason that finding a new job andadvancing your career entails building relationships with these people. Truly, the mosteffective way to find a new job is to network, network, and network some more.1
Once you acknowledge the value of networking, the challenge is figuring out how to doit. What is your first step? Whom do you contact? What do you say? How long will ittake? Where do you concentrate efforts? How do you know if your investments will payoff?For every question you may ask, a range of strategies can be used. Begin exploringyour possibilities by viewing the following energizing video,Networking Tips for CollegeStudents and Young People, by Hank Blank. He recommends the following modern andno-nonsense strategies:1. Hope is not a plan. You need a plan of action to achieve your networking goals.