Why should I network? How should I network? How should I prepare for a networking event? If you are currently battling with the job- or internship-search process, it is probable that you have asked yourself at least one of these questions.
Being a student, I find it difficult to prepare for networking events. Without a general push in the right direction, it could be tough to find the motivation to network, so I asked and answered the following questions to get started:
Why should I network?
Networking is a great way to build connections and opportunities. With the job market being as competitive as it is, general career and industry-specific advice from professionals can make all the difference.
How should I network?
- Identify opportunities to grow your network such as UVM’s Vermont Career Networking Night, the Vermont Young Professionals, or other networking events.
- LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are great ways of social networking as well. Research and follow your preferred employer to keep updated on new trends and events.
- On LinkedIn, join professional groups or alumni groups such as University of Vermont Career Connection and University of Vermont Alumni.
How should I prepare for a networking event?
- Research the networkers. Look them up on LinkedIn to learn about their career paths.
- Research the companies represented at the event.
- Come prepared with questions for the networkers.
- Make business cards or build your resume. Both of these are great ways to get noticed.
This should get you started!
~Randall, Career Peer Advisor