Networking is simply building your “list” of contacts. If you’re a student and you don’t think you have a network, think again! Your network begins with family, friends, coworkers.
You can use your network for a variety of things: to keep in touch, to learn more about careers, to seek out employment opportunities, or even to fundraise for a good cause.
In some cases, people in your network know you want a job. However, don’t let this be the only reason you keep in touch. Networking is a relationship, meaning the other person needs to benefit somehow.
It could mean you occasionally send them an article relevant to their job or a project they’re working on. You could even send them a thank you whenever you use the advice they gave you.
Networking can take place informally and formally. Informal networking is simply talking to new people you meet and keeping in touch after. Formal networking usually takes place at “networking events” or “mix and mingles” where people are there with the intent of expanding their network of contacts.
Here are some tips on how to network successfully at formal networking events: