Summer Networking Tips and Tricks
Hi everyone and Happy summer! Typically, the summer may not seem like the best time to make new connections, with everyone traveling and going on vacation. However, with these tips and tricks, these opportunities could make summer the best time for networking. Here are some ideas that can hopefully inspire you to take advantage of the summer and grow your network :)
1. Update your Linkedin and Handshake profiles
These two platforms provide the best opportunities to increase your visibility and credibility with members of your brand community. It lets you stay connected to large networks of contacts and you never know who might be viewing your profiles! Start by adding a headliner to catch a recruiter's attention. Then add your passions and interests in the About You section. And finish off by including all relevant experiences. Utilize these apps now and reap the benefits later on :)
2. Always be aware of networking opportunities
Whether through Linkedin, a social media app, or just everyday life, there are always plenty of opportunities to make connections. At the places you least expect, you could listen in on a conversation at the beach, a sports game, even the mall. These could be a great way to connect personally with senior level managers and get put on their radar for any opportunities to come.
3. Don’t be afraid to reach out
Summer is a great time to develop new connections since people are more relaxed and not as busy. If you see an alumni or anyone on Linkedin that peaks your interest, shoot them a message. Introduce yourself, tell them what you do, ask them about how they got to where they are, how they became successful, and if they can give any tips. It also doesn’t hurt to ask if they’d be willing to grab a cup of coffee or maybe even brunch. You’ll never know how far this conversation can lead you until you try! You not only get excellent tips, but you also create friendships and maybe you’ll get to work with them in the future.
4. Refine your resume
Just like improving your Linkedin and Handshake profiles, your resume is another aspect you can always be adding to. Keep your resume bookmarked and easy access to freely edit whenever needed. If you’ve worked on a new skill, add that in. A new hobby, feel free to add that as well if there’s space. Definitely sign up for a resume writing basics session or just browse the website to take a look at all the resources available. Once the opportunity comes, you’ll have the materials ready to show the recruiter.
5. Keep in touch
Even after you’ve got what you wanted out of networking with someone, whether you got the job or met an expert in the field, stay in touch with them. It’s very simple to do. And ultimately, you never know when you might need their help again. This could be something as simple as a check in from time to time or occasionally sharing a link to an article that may be relevant to their interests. Touch base a couple times to keep them up to date and keep your name at the top of their mind.
With these tips and tricks, we hope you’re able to have a more productive summer and create a wider personal community. Take care and we wish you an amazing summer!! :)