Happy 2012 Seniors! This is the year you will become a college graduate!
As you look to the future, here are three words of advice for you: Network, network, network!
Perhaps you are wondering what networking really is and how to proceed?
Networking: What, Why, & How
Establish and maintain relationships. Have conversations with professionals. Develop connections over time.
Learn about industries and companies of interest. Discuss current trends and hot topics in your field. Discover potential job opportunities. Establish yourself as a reliable professional.
Remember it’s about building relationships. Show interest in others and ask open-ended questions. Follow up on networking leads. Keep in touch.
Everywhere. Formal networking events. Dinner with friends. Volunteering in the community.
Now. Tomorrow and the next day. Consistently. Networks are built over time.
Use the resources below to help you craft your personal approach to networking.
Great Networking Advice
- Career Services: Networking in Seven Steps
- Career Center Toolbox: Eat and Drink your Way to your Next Job
- Washington Post: Keys to Networking Success
Networking for Introverts
Network with UVM Alumni
Now return to the Senior Checklist for some additional tips and resources on networking, including a Networking Tracking Sheet to stay organized.
Make 2012 the year that you find your Inner Professional Networker!