Not sure what to say when you talk to potential employers?
Marshall University Career Services defines networking as the initiation, cultivation and management of productive professional relationships.
Networking is crucial when it comes to finding a job. You never know when you will make the right connection for the right job at a career fair, workshop or other event. However, it's natural to become tongue-tied in these types of situations so preparing what to say ahead of time is important.
One way to prepare is constructing a 30-second commercial about yourself and what you would like to do in your career. Another way is to think of questions you want to ask potential employers.
You're already doing it!The process of networking may help you to:
- Build confidence in communicating with others
- Learn industry trends and professional vocabulary from practitioners
- Explore industries through an insider’s perspective
- Identify skills and experiences of successful professionals
- Develop personal criteria to make choices about careers
- Improve interview skills through professional conversations
- Expand your circle of professionals in your field or job function
- Learn about jobs and internships with target employers
- Give back by advising others
The following resources are designed to help you prepare to network: