I meet with college students every week regarding their job and internship searches. Part of the discussion involves networking via social media. Most students have profiles on LinkedIn, but when I bring up Twitter, I usually get blank stares.
In over four years working in college career services, I have not personally met one student who uses Twitter professionally. I have, however, expanded my online network to include students and young professionals around the U.S. who really “get it” when it comes to Twitter as a resource for their job search and professional networking.
Think about how many times we are asked in either a professional or social setting, “What do you do?” or “Please introduce yourself to the group.”
Similar to writing a compelling bio, taking the time to craft an interesting, concise, reusable response to “What do you do?” or “Please introduce yourself to the group” is an excellent investment. If you can describe yourself in a way that is appealing to others, it will open the door to opportunities and further conversations and questions.
Networking and blind dates are quite similar. This is especially true regarding the fear of rejection.
Blind dates can be uncomfortable, they often feel forced, and everyone is trying to sell something (themselves). Networking events… are the same.
I am going to help you overcome all of those crappy feelings and show you how to fall in L.O.V.E. with networking.
No doubt: networking is the most effective method of finding work. But how does a young professional get good at networking? Where do they go to learn best practices?
How do they go… for networking gold?
This week the #InternPro chat on Twitter had a lively discussion about the “Networking Olympics: Going for Career Gold”…