Networking Madness idea polls - April 2nd
Attend Career Fairs
The spring semester is a popular time not only for colleges and universities to hold career fairs but also for community-based events as well. Many cities and civic organizations will hold career fairs during the summer months. You can find relevant information from state departments of labor and even from the career center websites of colleges and universities close to home. Check the Google calendar on the Career Services homepage for information about career fairs in the area.
Create a Website/Blog
There are a thousand ways to network with other bloggers and website owners, and some of them you probably already know, like leave great comments at other blogs. The best networking techniques are simple, honest, and personal. Email a blogger directly, introduce members of your network to each other, provide value with every interaction, and participate on discussions on related forums.
Asking for the opportunity to shadow someone is a way to not only learn what that job is like, but to expand your network as well. Establish the goals and objective of your visit. Contact a professional working in your area of interest and ask to shadow him/her. Be sure to tell the person how you got his/her contact information. Identify an outfit appropriate to wear. Ideally you will want to dress no less than business casual.
Replying to comments on your youtube channel can be a great way to build a social network. Comment on the channels of users with similar postings. You can send users personal messages where you can ask them about what they do, tell them about what you do, and establish a personal relationship with various users. Connect with subscribers of related users that appear interesting to you.
While Facebook is primarily used for social connections, many companies are now using it to reach out to potential employees, especially college students. Many companies now have pages that you can “like.” Some companies may post information on jobs and internships and how to apply. Before you begin to make connections with employers on Facebook, make sure your profile and other information looks professional.
Join Greek Life
Join your Greek organization’s linkedIn group and online networking community. Maybe someone in your fraternity or sorority has your dream job or works for a firm that you are interested in, or have already applied to. One of the greatest benefits that comes with being a member of the Greek community are the relationships you make with former students, providing many opportunities for career networking and mentoring, not only with your initial job search but also throughout your career.
While more commonly thought of for social networking, Twitter can be a very powerful tool in your internship search. Use Twitter to your advantage by creating a professional profile, and by following organizations and internship sites that you’re interested in. By doing this you can learn more about them and learn about potential opportunities. Many organizations are now using Twitter to post jobs and internships. Also, use hashtags to target certain industries and connect with others. In addition, many internship search sites such as internships.com have a strong presence on Twitter.
Follow-up after interviews
Ask the recruiter about the next steps after an interview. Use a thank-you note to affirm to the hiring manager that you’re on top of things and would bring a ton of value into the position for which you’re interviewing. Make it easy for them to decide on you. Ask if you can connect via LinkedIn, and then do. This could mean forwarding an article that you think they’ll find interesting, or congratulating them if you notice they’ve been promoted or earned some sort of recognition, or thanking them for a bit of advice that you employed. Keep it simple and brief, and don’t ask for anything back.