In this week’s post from your community of South Austin apartments for rent, we’ll dole out a few pieces of advice for anyone who wants to continue networking even though they graduated college a long time ago. Networking doesn’t stop once you graduate college. Well, it shouldn’t stop; not if you want to continue to move your career in the right direction.
There are many differences between networking as an undergrad and networking as a working professional. For starters, it’s a lot harder to find networking events than it was when you were in college. At your University, you could walk into practically any on-campus building and stumble into a networking event or job fair. Now that you’re a working professional, you have to seek these opportunities out for yourself by joining groups online or searching for networking events near you South Austin apartment.
Networking events aren’t the only places to build your network in the post-grad world. You should look at everyone you come across in your professional life as a potential connections.
Check out the blog post below, and be sure to share some of these tips with your neighbors or roommates at your South Austin apartment community who might be on the hunt for a new job.
Learn some tricks for remembering faces and names.
If you go to a well-run networking event, chances are everyone will have name tags on. However, networking after college is all about making connections outside of formal networking events. Next time you meet someone, try to remember the color of their eyes as you shake their hand. This will help you remember their face better, as you’re actually paying attention to it when you meet them. Another helpful tip is to always repeat the name of the person you just met after they tell it to you.
Re-think your networking goals.
When you were in college, your networking goals probably revolved around getting a job, and that’s it. As a professional, your networking goals have probably evolved. Maybe you want to learn from people who’ve been in your field longer than you, or maybe you want to get opportunities for freelance work. Some people just want to expand their network so that they have somewhere to turn in the event that they lose their current job.
Nail down your elevator pitch.
Your elevator pitch is the 30-second-long thing that you say when someone asks what you do. You don’t want to ramble, but you don’t want to leave out key details. You want your explanation to be concise, interesting, and lead into more questions. Your elevator pitch is the key to creating relationships with other people at networking events. You don’t have to sell anyone on anything, but you do have to be interesting enough for them to want to continue talking to you.
Talk about what you know. Avoid talking about what you don’t.
If you’re a few years into your career, you probably know more than a novice, but less than an expert. There are ways to spin this semi-knowledge to your advantage. When talking with people at networking events or elsewhere, try to steer the conversation towards the topics that you are most knowledgeable about, and away from topics that you have yet to figure out.
Thanks for taking some time out of your busy fall schedule to read the latest edition of our blog! We hope your next networking event is a smashing success. If you liked this week’s post and want to check out more just like it, remember to come back to this page in a couple weeks when our next blog post goes live. Also, be sure to follow The James on South First on social media to stay up to date and informed about events and giveaways at our community of South Austin rentals.