Considering we have little more than 4 months left of grad school, I assume that we are all thinking about what’s next. I aspire to be a college softball coach. Though I am proud of my education and know it will help me tremendously as a coach, it is the general consensus that getting a job is all about who you know. This applies to most jobs, so I decided to try to be helpful to everyone searching for jobs out there. I found a handy little list of ways to network effectively. Here you go!

  1. Stay in touch with people you like and respect even if they can’t help you immediately. You don’t want to go to someone only when you are desperate.
  2. Talk to people you don’t know everywhere you go. Cocktail parties and weddings are just the tip of the iceberg; don’t forget about airplane rides, supermarket lines, sporting events, festivals, bookstores and so on.
  3. Learn to ask “What do you do?” with comfort, sincerity and interest.
  4. Become a better listener. Ask a question and then be quiet until you hear the answer.
  5. Practice your own presentation of your skills. Learn more than one approach, whether frank or subtle
  6. Keep a great updated brochure, business card or other form of information about yourself on you at all times. Get comfortable handing out your card.
  7. Take classes to improve your public speaking, body language and writing skills.
  8. Join every networking club and association in your field.
  9. Follow up on any lead, no matter how minor.

Good luck to everyone!

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