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Networking 101- Basic Steps to Success

“Networking 101- Basic Steps To Success” By Khwaja Navil is brought to you by TheCulturedFratBoy.com
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The old saying is “it’s not what you know but who you know.” This could not be more true than any other aspect of life then when it comes to finding a job or starting a career. Unless you’re a genius who can invent and create his way up the career ladder (if you are a genius then you  don’t need to read this), you should learn how to network with people in the industry you are trying to break into. Simple steps can help you meet the right people and help you get acquainted fast with them. Remember networking is nothing more than building relationships.

If you are still in college try to join a club with in your major or a chapter of a professional organization in your college. For example if you are a marketing major join the marketing club or if you’re an electrical engineering major join IEEE (A professional electrical engineering organization). Run for positions that have real responsibilities. It looks great on a résumé.

Join an Alumni group. This is the best way to meet former graduates who have already made it. You never know who you will meet and click with.

Know what you’re talking about. Simply be knowledgeable about your major or profession that you are trying to get into. No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t know anything. However also do not come off as a know it all. ACTUALLY IT’S BETTER NOT TO KNOW ANYTHING THEN PRETENDING YOU KNOW EVERYTHING.

– Volunteer. Yeah I know it sounds cheesy to some young guys our age but volunteering can open doors that you probably would have overlooked.

– Be Patient. Networking is building relationships. Building relationships takes time. Establish trust and comfort first. If people like you enough to trust you they are more likely to give you a position of responsibility.

Confidence. It’s Amazing. Confidence is one of those things helps you mentally overcome nervousness and fear of the unknown. If you do your homework in what you want to do with your life, confidence comes easily.

Don’t be a boring person. No one likes to talk to a boring people. If you don’t know whether you are boring or not, ask yourself one question, Would my potential boss want me to deal with clients? If the answer is No, well you are a boring person.

Dress to Impress. Dress like the person you see yourself being. First Impressions matter. It’s always a safe bet to dress professionally. A nice white shirt, a solid colored tie, with black dress pants and a blazer is always the way to go.

Connect with Businesses before you graduate. Send out a professional resume and cover letter to employers as soon as you finish your freshman year of college. Become an intern and impress the company you are working with. Show interest and be committed to whatever you are assigned.

Give people time to talk. This is a simple rule that most of us forget when having a conversation. Don’t dominate the conversation. No one really cares about what you have to say. Make the other person who can help you land that career you have dreamed about feel important. Let them dominate the conversation. Ask them open-ended questions. Make them feel like they are enlightening you with information and knowledge that you could not find anywhere else. It really doesn’t matter if you could find what they were talking about with a simple Google search. Just Pretend.

Help Others. If these steps help you find a stable career or job, Karma dictates you help someone else. We are all in this together. Don’t forget that.     

                                                                                                                        

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