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Posted by Sarah Roche on November 15, 2011
I hope everyone had a great non-trad week! We are now closer to the end of the semester than the beginning, which for me means group projects and final papers are a focus for me. This weeks blog entry is a guest post from Kady Perry. Kady will be offering her networking tips for us.
No matter where you’re at in your career, whether a college student or already in the workforce, networking is one of the most important career tools you have. As a non-traditional you are most likely doing both! The secret to networking is that there is no secret! It’s a natural progression of meeting and learning from other people with similar (or opposite!) career interests, which doesn’t happen overnight. To start the ball rolling here are several do’s, don’ts, and tips for networking.
1. Learn about others (a professor, boss, classmate, family member, gym buddy, etc.) and their career paths and aspirations.
2. Make the most of your formal and informal environments, by sharing who you are and learning how your strengths can help another individual or company.
3. Stay in the loop with new developments in your career field by attending workshops, training programs, professional associations and events.
1. Ramble on about yourself and neglect to ask other people questions.
2. Force yourself to meet as many people as possible, in hopes of someone handing you a job.
3. Hand your business card and resume over to a bunch of strangers and walk away.
For further resources read http://www.experience.com/entry-level-jobs/jobs-and-careers/networking/networking-for-career-success/