Graduates of 2015 have been out of school for a couple of months now, and some of them are still struggling to find employment. If this sounds like you, it might be time to consider networking to help you.
Networking is just another word for meeting people. It involves introducing yourself, listening to someone else, and then engaging with that person to see if you can work with him/her.
Networking can further your career, but you have to do it right. The good news is that you’re just getting started, so you aren’t quite set in your networking ways. Keep these tips in mind as you start networking.
Be Interested in Others
As much as you want to let people know what your skills are, you need to listen to what others are doing. This is how you can connect with them. When they talk about working on a project that you have experience in, you can then chime in on how you can help and why you’re the best person for it.
Offer to Help
It’s not about you finding a career (as much as you want to), it’s about what you can do to help people. When you change your mission to helping rather than getting, you’ll start to see how much more people want to help you in return with maybe a job.
Do Not Lie
It’s tempting to lie because you want a job, but don’t do it under any circumstances. Lies may come back to haunt you later, or you could be caught in a lie, which could ruin your reputation.
You are talented. You have skilled. You have knowledge. Just be you and let people know why you are valuable.
Don’t Be Afraid to Meet People
When you’re at a networking event, don’t hide in the corner. Walk out into the crowd and introduce yourself. It’s not weird to do that because that’s what networking is all about. Just extend your hand for a handshake and say hello with a smile. From there, you can ask questions, listen, and if someone asks you, answer his/her questions. Step back, relax, and just be friendly.
You can practice your networking skills by setting up a HuddleDo. Simply create an account, select a few people for a Huddle, and then meet those that accept at the location you have indicated on the Huddle form.
Start networking today with HuddleDo. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro AND you’ll have a job.