Networking is a constant cycle of building and maintaining relationships, all of which can help you cultivate information and leads about potential career opportunities. If you’ve ever talked to a professor, chatted with a family friend, or made conversation with someone on a plane, then you’ve already networked!
Ready to network? Here are some conversation starters both in-person and via email.
Preparing to Network
A Note About Your Privacy & Online Reputation
Since so much networking is done online, it’s important to periodically review and/or clean up your web presence. Employers, graduate admissions representatives, and even networking contacts will likely search for you online and factor what they find into their decision-making. Google yourself and then consider the following: "Am I comfortable with an employer seeing this visual and written content about me?" Watch Hiatt's webinars on how to build a professional online brand that meets your goals.
Practicing Safe Networking
Whether you are connecting with an alum, a potential employer or a friend of a friend, it's important to take safety precautions when meeting someone new. "Networking up" creates a power dynamic that can at times be difficult to navigate. Remember that you are an equal party in any conversation and have the power to end it at any time if your instincts tell you to do so. Consider the following tips and advice to help keep you safe.