It’s all about networking! How many times have you heard this very statement? Today’s job market is tougher than ever to get your foot in the door. There are many outstanding individuals fighting for the same position you want. Not only do you have to have a solid GPA, campus involvement, and internship experience, you also have to know someone!
What exactly is meant by networking? To network means to interact with other people in hopes to develop contacts and perhaps develop mutually beneficial lasting relationships. It’s not a numbers game to see how many contacts you can rack up, but a challenge to know and appreciate each individual you meet. Every day we are networking with other individuals such as our peers, professors, co-workers, and other professionals.
Starting a conversation with a stranger can be difficult. The only way to improve this skill is to practice. There are many ways you can network in order to build your confidence. Perhaps one of the best ways to network is to seek out a mentor. You could also attend career fairs, firm events, leadership conferences, and especially Clayton State’s Speaker Series. A buddy system may also be beneficial. Ask a close friend to attend events with you and take turns walking up to people to introduce yourselves. Once your confidence is stronger, begin to split away and practice on your own. Not only will you improve your skills, but you will also be building relationships as well.