We all know that networking is essential in the world of business, because it usually helps people to get the job. Without a doubt, everybody in business school will tell you how important is it to start networking as early as possible. I have came up with some suggestions according to my personal experiences, suggestions from others and career-related readings. Alright, here we go.
1. Start with the people who know you the best. Family, friends, neighbors, high school teachers, college professors and sport coach, and etc. Ask those people if they know anyone in your interested field, you might be surprised by the results. The advantage for starting with people who you familiar with is that you are relax and comfortable when talking to them, and they know you well to pick a right professional who can talk to you.
2. Alumni. Alumni are a great resource, and they are generally very helpful. Reach out to the alums that work in your interested field, and shoot them an email to introduce yourself. You will be amazed of how much you can get out of this relationship. Please note, the timing for email is crucial. Research shows that Sunday afternoon is the best time, because people are done doing things, and are not as hectic as they would during the workdays. And, even though they would not have the chance to check during Sunday, it would be the top of the Monday’s email’s pile.
3. Go to career-oriented events. Career fair, employee info sessions, networking events, etc. are great ways to get to know people who work in your desire companies. It is a more focused target market, and it is easer for you to find the ones you need. P.S. Attending IBC 2013 is a great way to get to know amazing people who work in top-notched firms.
4. Clubs/Organizations. Professional clubs, such as Finance Club, Business club will give you great aspects of your passionate field, as well as having opportunities to get to know the related professionals. It is a good way to involve with the industry.
5. Social Media. Now, we all live in the digital age, social media has revolutionized the way of how people connect with each other. LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are the most common used social media, however, I recommend LinkedIn to be your prioritized site to connect with other professionals. You can follow the companies that you are interested, and search for people who work in your desire fields and positions. Remember, you miss 100% of the shots that you did not take, so be bold to reach out and introduce yourself.
6. Last but now least, use your existing network to enlarge your current network. Often times, I heard people told me that the most successful networking is to make your contact’s network become yours. So kindly ask your connections to introduce more professionals to you to increase your network.
To me, networking is not just a mean for the job hunt. By talking to many different highly accomplished people who work in world-renowned firm, I found myself inspired and my horizons broaden. I look forward to seeing all of you on 2013 IBC at Hynes Convention Center. Should you have any questions and concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jiaxinlin/. Happy Networking!