Do you have any tips on getting connections and networking?
I want to pursue a career revolving around business and finance. I know that around this career and life in general, networking and having connections is really important and can be used as an advantage. #business #networking #finance #entrepreneur #connections
In addition to LinkedIn and getting involved in your local community advise mentioned above, I recommend joining a Toastmaster International local club. There are clubs that meet in person and online. Its a great way to develop leadership and pubic speaking skills but you also gives you the opportunity to network with folks in several industries at all stages of their careers. I have been a toastmaster member for 12 years and the relationships I have made through this organization has helped me. Also being a member helps you build connections when you met other toastmasters weather is at a job interview or on the job. Find a local club and visit (no pressure to join). Also encourage you to visit several clubs as they all offer something different.
Erika recommends the following next steps:
If you are in college or previously attended college I would go to your college or universities LinkedIn's page, from there you can search alumni based on companies you are interested in. I would recommend sending a personalized note to the person you are interested in connecting with and suggest a few times you are available to speak with them in the coming weeks. It is best to share a bit about your background and why you are interested in connecting with this person.
However, I would say don't limit your network to just these resources. Think broader in the network in the people of your life (particularly in a variety of social settings) as you never know who knows who (which is similar to the concept of 3rd degree+).
With Linkedin, there is still a difference between them being in your network and actually having a relationship with them. So I would also add to follow-up once in a while and try to connect with individuals that you could develop a more meaningful connections.
A great book to read is called "How to win friends and influence people" - Dale Carnegie
Step 2: talk to them
A lot of people here have mentioned LinkedIn. Personally, I believe nothing comes close to meeting people in person, looking them in the eye, shaking their hand, and introducing yourself.
Use LinkedIn to meet these people in person.
But also think smaller. Pay attention to how you interact in a social setting. Do you stick with the same people all the time? Most of us do.
When I am at work related social functions, I make it a point to introduce myself to and speak with at least two people I don't know. Make small talk. Ask what they do, what is there connection to the event, etc. I also like asking their back round and what was their career path. The small connections can lead to big wins. Sometimes we need to travel a windy road to get to our destination.
Good question and here's a great way to get started, join a volunteering event either in school, your community or library as a few examples. These events connect you with like minded people, where everyone is helping a common cause and you can learn more about the individuals and their goals or the organizations they work for and their goals. These connections that you create are important both in your personal and worklife.
Good luck with making long lasting connections.
When I am hiring and looking for someone to join my team, I am looking outside of just the work experience - is someone involved in charity work, community activities, volunteering programs - not only are these great places to learn but it is another network which you can leverage -social networks (physical and virtual) work. Remember to reconnect - these aren't one time interactions - they should be a two way relationship established over time.
A network should have lots of variety - people from different companies, levels, background, experience; keep in touch with family and friends - as they make changes and advancements in their career, work in different companies, it is also another opportunity.
Building and maintaining a network takes time - but it is well worth it! When I moved to my current company, within a few months, several colleagues who had worked with me previously were also successful in joining the same company - I highlighted opportunities to them and if they were interested I would support them with any questions as they prepared for interviews. Getting the role was all down to them - using their network pushed that door open!
What works the best for me is face to face interactions in everyday life scenarios. Go out and meet people. It doesn't matter where or what you're doing. It can be at the gym or at your local coffee spot. Although job fairs and LinkedIn are good tools, sometimes the best way to connect and build networks is by just speaking to people you are around often that have similar interests. For example, the gym or surfing. Right off the bat, you already know you have something in common and it makes that connection so much stronger. I love to work out and some of the most influential people i have met in my life have been randomly at the gym. So my advice to you is this; Go out, have fun, and don't be shy. You never know who knows who and who you will run into. I hope this helps!
Brian J Criscione