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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Learn to ask “What do you do?” with comfort, sincerity and interest.
- Become a better listener. Ask a question and then be quiet until you hear the answer.
- Practice your own presentation of your skills. Learn more than one approach, whether frank or subtle
- 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.
- Take classes to improve your public speaking, body language and writing skills.
- Join every networking club and association in your field.
- Follow up on any lead, no matter how minor.
Good luck to everyone!