Networking can be an invaluable job search tool, letting people know that you are on a career journey can allow them to reach out and help. You can begin or grow your networking skills in many different ways, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Networking is not sales – instead think of it as a career building conversation, whether in person or virtually, these are people who have similar interests as you and are willing to help.
- Plan your activities – you have limited time, use it well. Everyone will network in different ways: events; one-one conversations; conferences; LinkedIn; etc. Choose formats and avenues that will work well for you. Join the Fleming College Alumni LinkedIn page.
- Practice your Elevator Speech – quickly introducing yourself in a memorable way is an important skill set. Read through some of these tips for creating an impressive elevator speech.
- Friends & family – tell everyone you know. Friends and family have connections behind the scenes that you may be unaware of, be specific about what you are looking for and keep them updated.
- Follow-up – one conversation may not turn into a job… but the follow-up might.
- Keep Track – keep yourself organized, who did you speak to, what were their roles? What follow-up or other steps you need to take with your new contacts?
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