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Creative ways to network

February 25, 2010

Read the newspaper.  Aside from staying abreast of industry-related news, you will get to know the movers and shakers of the industry.  In the sections that are relevant  to what you want to do, see who is being quoted and interviewed. Write them! Mention what you read about their work/comment on what they said/note why you admire their company, etc. Be sincere.  Ask if you could talk to them/meet with them/email them some questions.  (I’m sure you’re catching on that you have to be very curious, but also cautious about being overly aggressive when planning your “hire me” attack.)

Earnestness wins with people I’ve found and people like to help other people.  Your goal is not, “land a job” but to casually connect with people.  (*Note that casual is how your contact should seem and not, in any way, how your use of proper writing and grammar should come off. Be professional!) Conversation inevitably leads to them offering to hook you up with a lead, an internship, a job, or some other opportunity you’d otherwise not have had.  Not always, but more often than not.

Extra Credit for the ambitious: Check out the job openings in those companies before initiating contact with people. If you have a contact at the company, voila, you have an “in” that helps personalize your subsequent cover letter AND someone who could vouch for your interest-level and skills.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    March 9, 2010 5:50 pm

    This is a fantastic idea. I don’t know why I never thought to do it this way. It’s definitely a great idea for networking! Thanks so much.

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