Networking is still the #1 way to find employment. We have already discussed the importance of networking in person with people that you know. We have talked about networking using LinkedIn the popular professional social media website. Now we need to talk about meeting new people and sticking your neck out there a little bit. I think it is fair to say that most of us are hesitant to reach out to someone we don’t know and when we do we come across as nervous or stumble over our words if we have not practiced them previous to the meeting. To see an example of what I am talking about, and to see how uncomfortable this could be for you, go to our career services website page at: westerntc.edu/careerservices. Click on “See all videos” and then click on the video called: “The Elevator Pitch.”
When I am teaching networking, I encourage students to write out what they want to say and read it over several times. Do change up your wording as you do this, making sure that what you say sounds good to your ears. After you have read it several times out loud, then read it several more times. The next time you run into someone, practice. This gets you comfortable with talking about yourself, so that when you run into someone that works where you want to work, you can introduce yourself and share your skills and abilities without stumbling over your words.
With every post I share an article. This week, I ran across an article that describes examples of saying the right thing in an email to an employer/business person. Enjoy…..