Effective Networking Top 5 Tips

by Allison Lewis

If you are anything like me, when you think about networking, you want to possibly run and hide. At first, it sounds like so much work—and what if you say something awkward or someone doesn’t want to talk to you or help you? But I’ve learned that networking is definitely not a dirty word. In fact, it’s an essential part of any job search.

networkIn addition to having the skills that an employer is looking for, most people get their job because they know someone who works at a particular company. Why would an employer want to take a gamble on someone s/he doesn’t know if another candidate is well-known and comes recommended? Whether or not we like it, networking can be critically important to getting the job you want.

Here are my top five tips for effective networking:

  • Don’t ask for a job when you network. Instead, ask someone if you can buy them coffee for an informational interview.
  • Stay in touch with your contacts on a regular basis so you aren’t just reaching out to them only when you need their help.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and start engaging with your professional contacts.
  • Join an industry-specific organization where you can meet people in your desired field.
  • Thank people who help you along the way. And pay it forward by helping others.

Allison Lewis is the Outreach Coordinator for Hennepin Technical College.


2 thoughts on “Effective Networking Top 5 Tips

  1. Luke June 25, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Thanks for making this post Allison! These are some great tips! Just wanted to throw out one more tip closely related to #2: try and give back to the people you stay in contact with. I think a lot of people look at the networking relationship as one way. However, there are several ways to give back to the people you network with. The easiest example is directing quality talent their way when they are looking for it. Not only paying it forward to others, but paying it back to those who helped you can help build your reputation as a resource within a given community.


  2. Sam June 25, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the great tips on networking! For people who don’t already have an “in” in their desired career field, networking can be daunting but is also very rewarding!


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