The 10 Best Networking Tips

Businesspeople on lunch.

Ask any person for career advice, and it is likely that they will say the phrase “build your network” at least once. It is such common advice, but there is not much direction to go along with it. Networking does not have a set guide, and it is constantly changing. Many people think that networking is intimidating or difficult, but in reality networking is as simple as developing relationships. There is a lot of “feel” that goes into networking, because it is just like establishing any type of relationship.

Nervous about networking? Check out this article from The Week about 10 of the best networking tips, summarized below:

  1. If connecting seems hard, start by re-connecting
  2. Move your desk (or move yourself)
  3. Find your “superconnectors” (mentors)
  4. Start an “interesting people fund” (so you are able to meet new people)
  5. Ask the three golden questions:
    1. How can I help you?
    2. What ideas do you have for me?
    3. Who else do you know that I should talk to?
  6. Focus on relationships, not the word “business”
  7. The five-minute-favor (think about others first)
  8. Cement a relationship by asking for a favor
  9. Read tips from the best
  10. Form communities through group outings

If You Believe in Yourself, then You can Get a Job (or Ride a Bike)

Finals are approaching, and that means all of your classes have last minute projects and essays due pretty soon. What’s more, you might be up to your elbows in graduate school applications, job interviews, and the like.

Even though your current situation may seem a little stressful, and you feel like you can’t make it through, always remember the words that a wise person once said:

Because really, the bike is a metaphor for life.

What do Florida, Texas, and California all Have in Common?

OrlandoNightSkylineWhen it comes to job searching, it’s important to consider not only what you would like to do, but also where you would like to do it. Some students really just want to stay in Georgia, and that’s fine. But there are also some students who really, really would rather be anywhere but here.

Houston_nightIf you’re considering moving to a new city, check out this article by Forbes about the Top 10 Cities and States that are currently experiencing job growth. Seven of the top ten cities actually come from only three states: Florida, Texas, and California. See who all made the list and start considering them in your career search plans.




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