As your time at Faulkner University comes to an end, you’ve probably begun thinking about your professional life in the post-college world. Key to making new connections, networking will be your best friend outside of college, whether you’re looking for a new job or seeking to acquire referrals and sales leads. Below, we break down some handy career advice for college graduates in regards to networking.
Summon All Your Courage
The prospect of meeting new people can seem scary in a world you’ve yet to explore, but making new professional connections can greatly improve your job prospects right out of college. If you’re naturally quiet, nervous and/or shy, stepping out of your comfort zone will help boost your confidence in similar situations down the road. Try attending a networking event with a friend, fellow student or colleague first to get familiar with the territory before venturing out alone.
Create Networking Cards
Right out of college, you might not be working in your field just yet. That’s where networking cards come into play. While talking to people at a networking event, simply hand out a professional networking card with your name, phone number, e-mail, website, experience and other important information on it to get your name out there and begin expanding your network. As you move up in your field, you can make the switch to business cards.
Set Goals You Can Manage
Putting undue pressure on yourself while attending a networking event will do more harm than good. It’s best to take baby steps at first. Make it a goal to talk to five people at the event, or strive to hand out 10 networking cards. Whatever your goal, ensure that it’s achievable. With a doable objective in mind, you’ll find it much easier to calm your nerves.
Career Services at Faulkner University
Before attending your first networking event, visit the Career Resource Center at Faulkner University. Serving students, alumni and employers, we provide monthly seminars on networking to give you the skills you need to succeed in your future career. Call Career Services today at 334-386-7512 to learn more.