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Networking Tips

Sometimes you’ve got to out there and pound the pavement right?! I am a regular contributor to the National Contract Managers Association’s student newsletter “Students Connect.” Here’s one of my recent short articles on Networking Skills below…and here’s the direct link to the article.

A Few Networking Tips for Beginners – Networking is still a great way to find a job. Resumes from referrals tend to land on the top of the applications pile and are typically reviewed first. Here are some quick tips for networking in a group or one on one:

  1. Get clear: Get clear on what you’re looking for. What kind of job or opportunity do you want? Keep it short and sweet so you can communicate it easily.
  2. Tell everyone you’re looking: This includes friends, family, fellow students—even professors. You never know who might know someone in the field you’re interested in.
  3. Don’t be shy: Ask for the referral. People are usually happy to help and the worst they can say is no. Remember… nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  4. Follow-up: Follow-up with the referral offered and the person who provided it. Send a hand-written thank you note to the person who helped you.
  5. And most importantly, be yourself!

I hope this is helpful. Contact me if you want more help with this. Good luck! Hallie Career Coach Hallie Crawford