Everyone living in student apartments in Daytona Beach knows the importance of professional networking, but it can’t be overstated. Even someone who gets straight A’s and lands the top-notch internships might get beat out for their dream position by someone who made the right connections in college. We want to help our residents make those right connections, and that’s the subject of this week’s post.
In the blog below, we’ll be sharing three tips that will help you build quality connections and grow your professional network. It’s always worth it to go to professional networking events, so long as you know a few strategies for making lasting connections. We hope these tips help you do just that!
With that, let’s get right to the post. When you’re done reading through it, please be sure to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at your community of Daytona apartments.
Don’t practice an elevator pitch
When it comes to networking events, authenticity is the name of the game. If you treat every interaction like a job interview, you run the risk of coming across as cold and unfriendly. The best way to create new network connections is to meet people you like and who like you. That natural affinity for another person can then be the base for a mutually beneficial professional relationship.
Instead of practicing your elevator pitch and reciting it to all the new people you meet at a networking event, act natural. Talk to people like you’re trying to make new friends, not like you’re trying to land your dream job. If all goes well at the networking event, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a real interview later on down the road.
Every college student has a powerful networking tool at their fingertips. LinkedIn is the single best professional networking tool, and college students have an advantage when using it to reach out to people in their future industry. As a college student, you can reach out to someone on LinkedIn and ask them for advice or an informational interview. People like to help college students, so don’t let that little advantage go to waste!
Think of office hours as networking hours
Most professors are current or former industry professionals. In a literal sense, it’s their job to help you make the most of your college experience. Keep this in mind next time you’re debating whether or not to visit a professor’s office hours. Those face-to-face, one-on-one meetings are good for more than just getting help with homework. Ask your professors if they know any industry professionals who would be willing to sit down with you for an informational interview. Your professors will usually be happy to help out in any way they can.
That’s all the networking advice we’ve got for you this week, residents, but we’ll be back in a few weeks with another informative blog post. We appreciate you taking some time out of your busy fall semester schedule to read this week’s blog, and we hope that you’re able to use some of these tips to expand your professional network and maximize your college experience.
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