Improving Your Networking Skills
Connecting students to global careers!
Paul Hutchinson
Asst. Director, Career Services
ph...
What are we going to cover?
•What is networking
•Steps on how to prepare for networking
•Proper etiquette for engaging con...
What is networking?
By definition, networking is the
informal exchange of information or
services among individuals, group...
Networking (re-defined)
Networking is simply talking
and listening to people while
at the same time developing
relationshi...
Why is networking important?
It is important because only 15% of available jobs are advertised
through online resources, n...
Why is networking so stressful?
The “meeting” people part
of networking can be
intimidating – it takes us
out of our comfo...
How do you make networking easy?
1. Informal conversations
2. Relationship building
3. Paying attention to opportunities
4...
How to prepare for networking…
By knowing yourself
Questions to think about?
•What is my career trajectory?
•Where do I se...
Places to network..
The ones you know…
Social gatherings
•Receptions
•Alumni events
•Happy hours
Business settings
•Career...
Who makes up your network?
Everyone!!!!
• Classmates (current & past)
• Professors/Advisors
• Alumni
• Co-workers and form...
Who do you know?
Three levels of your contacts:
Level 1: Those you
currently know
•Close friends
•Family
•Work Colleagues
...
Who do you know?
Three levels of your contacts:
Level 2: Those with a
connection
•Friends of friends
•Other students
•Othe...
Who do you know?
Three levels of your contacts:
Level 3: Those
without any viable
connection.
•What do we do to
bring them...
Maintaining Your Contacts
Organize your contacts into two categories:
• Targets and Non-Targets (or whatever groups names ...
Informational Interviewing
Informational interviewing can be your first step in networking
with anyone – Alumni, Faculty, ...
Informational Interviewing – How it helps?
1. Create advocates
2. Influential introductions
3. Personalizes your job search
Informational Interviewing – How to do it?
1. Start with an email – less intrusive
Subject line: Questions from a current ...
Informational Interviewing – How to do it?
2. Timely follow-up (within 24-48 hours if possible)
Possible email reply:
Than...
Informational Interviewing – How to do it?
3. Confirming and offering to call them
Email confirming:
Wednesday Nov 17th
at...
Informational Interviewing – What to ask?
1. How did you get to be where you are at? or What was your
career trajectory?
2...
What is LinkedIn? And Why?
•Largest online professional networking
tool out there
•Works from a “Six-degrees of separation...
LinkedIn (cont.)
Use it for your career development
•Discovery the “career histories” of those in your targeted job functi...
Networking Exercise #1
1. Create your “30 second commercial” or “Elevator Speech”
2 or 3 sentences describing you
Short bi...
Timer and Chime
2:002:00
1:301:30
1:001:00
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Networking Exercise #2
Mix & Mingle
1.Introduce yourself to someone in the room that you have had
little or no conversatio...
Practice
Breaking into a conversation
•Hovering
•Leading with the handshake
•NO “Flimsy Fishhand”
Leaving a conversation
•...
Practice
Mingling
•2 people
•4 people
•8 people
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  • Networking is…
    how you met your friends
    how you selected your classes
    how you chose your concentration
    how decided where to go for lunch/dinner
  • NETWORKING A ROOM
     
    1. Go to the function with a goal in mind: Decide what your networking goals will be for the event. What information or resources are you seeking to help you achieve your goal? Is this a likely event for getting that support? What types of people will be attending such an event? What is the agenda?
     
    2. Present yourself professionally: Go confidently. Go prepared. Dress to win. Wear your best colors and an outfit that helps you to feel your best.
     
    3. Take your networking tools: Take a supply of business cards, a good pen, and a pocket calendar.
     
    4. Decide how many strong contacts you want to make for the evening: Go for quality of contacts rather than for large numbers. Keep in mind your primary purpose for networking at this event. One or two quality contacts may be a reasonable goal.
     
    5. Enter the room, center yourself, and observe: Before getting into conversations with people, take a few seconds to center yourself. Mentally decide on 1 or 2 people you want to meet.
     
    6. Initiate a conversation: Smile, establish eye contact, extend a handshake, and introduce yourself. The person standing alone will appreciate your rescuing them. Initiate a conversation. There are three ways in which you can start a conversation: talking about the situation, talking about yourself; and talking about the other person. This can be done through asking questions, voicing an opinion, or stating a fact.
     
    7. Ask good questions, and listen: Ask no more than one or two key questions at the beginning. Refine your questions. Rather than asking, "Can I pick your brain?" say, "I need some advice. Can you help me?" This will generate a more positive response. Listen carefully to their reply; be willing to hear what they say.
     
    8. Circulate: Use your discretion as to the amount of time you spend with your contacts at the event. Remember that your goal is to get quality contacts. Be sure to exchange cards as you circulate. At the first opportunity, jot down some interesting points about those persons on the back of their business cards, such as how you met and what you discussed.
     
    9. Don't get stuck: Don't get drawn into lengthy business discussions at a networking event. Other valuable contacts may be missed. Arrange a follow-up meeting if you want to have a longer discussion. If you find yourself having difficulty in circulating, try these simple strategies: "Here is a person I need to talk with. Will you excuse me?" "Here is a person I need to follow up with. Would you care to be introduced?
     
    10. Follow up: Be patient when you network. It takes time. Schedule follow-up times on your calendar. A follow-up can be a call to say, "Did you know...?" or it could be sending your contact a clipping of an interesting article. Clippings of articles will always sit favorably with any network contact. They help you appear knowledgeable and informed on ideas and events.
  • Improving Your Networking Skills (Fall 2010)

    1. 1. Improving Your Networking Skills Connecting students to global careers! Paul Hutchinson Asst. Director, Career Services phutchin@jhsph.edu 2017 E. Monument St. 410-955-3034
    2. 2. What are we going to cover? •What is networking •Steps on how to prepare for networking •Proper etiquette for engaging contacts •Opportunities to practice some networking techniques
    3. 3. What is networking? By definition, networking is the informal exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions who have grouped together for some common purpose (http://www.quantum3.co.za/CI%20Glossary.htm#N) Networking is the act of meeting new people in a business context. (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/networking) Well, I’d like to re-define it…
    4. 4. Networking (re-defined) Networking is simply talking and listening to people while at the same time developing relationships around common interests & experiences
    5. 5. Why is networking important? It is important because only 15% of available jobs are advertised through online resources, newspapers, and trade journals That means that the other 85% are found by being in the right place at the right time, through word of mouth...(aka, Networking) It gives you the opportunity for someone to get to know, meet, learn about you in-person, rather than from a resume So, the saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know!” takes on new meaning
    6. 6. Why is networking so stressful? The “meeting” people part of networking can be intimidating – it takes us out of our comfort zone! Networking is not quickly acquiring names of people just to get a job Networking should be more about “planting the seed” and building “advocates”
    7. 7. How do you make networking easy? 1. Informal conversations 2. Relationship building 3. Paying attention to opportunities 4. Tell me about yourself?
    8. 8. How to prepare for networking… By knowing yourself Questions to think about? •What is my career trajectory? •Where do I see myself headed? •Where did I come from?
    9. 9. Places to network.. The ones you know… Social gatherings •Receptions •Alumni events •Happy hours Business settings •Career Fairs •Conferences •Panel discussions Some you don’t now… •Seminars •Advisement meetings •Lectures •Student groups •Volunteer activities The key is what are yours and others common interests!!
    10. 10. Who makes up your network? Everyone!!!! • Classmates (current & past) • Professors/Advisors • Alumni • Co-workers and former co-workers • Former supervisors • Your contacts from community • Neighbors, friends, relatives
    11. 11. Who do you know? Three levels of your contacts: Level 1: Those you currently know •Close friends •Family •Work Colleagues Courtesy of JHU-Carey Business School
    12. 12. Who do you know? Three levels of your contacts: Level 2: Those with a connection •Friends of friends •Other students •Other alumni •Other business associates There is a connection that you can use to bring them into Level 1 Courtesy of JHU-Carey Business School
    13. 13. Who do you know? Three levels of your contacts: Level 3: Those without any viable connection. •What do we do to bring them into Level 2 and eventually into Level 1? Courtesy of JHU-Carey Business School
    14. 14. Maintaining Your Contacts Organize your contacts into two categories: • Targets and Non-Targets (or whatever groups names work for you) • Targets: those that would be important for you to stay in contact with. • Non-Targets: those who are useful, but not as important. Staying in touch • Targets: every couple of months • Non-Targets: every 6-12 months Strategies: • Quick note to let them know how you are doing. • Quick note about an article or something that you wanted to get to them.
    15. 15. Informational Interviewing Informational interviewing can be your first step in networking with anyone – Alumni, Faculty, Professional, etc. What to remember: 1. Not asking for a job 2. Think like a reporter gathering information 3. Representing the school 4. Planting the “seed” for future help 5. People generally like to talk about themselves and usually they are willing to help
    16. 16. Informational Interviewing – How it helps? 1. Create advocates 2. Influential introductions 3. Personalizes your job search
    17. 17. Informational Interviewing – How to do it? 1. Start with an email – less intrusive Subject line: Questions from a current JHSPH student Email Text: My name is __________ and I came across your information in a search of ____________ in the _____________. I’m curious to learn more about your career path and about your work at (name of organization) . I’m emailing you today to see if it would be possible to find a convenient time in your schedule for an informational interview. I’d only ask for approximately 30 min. of your time as I’m sure your schedule is quite busy. If necessary, I can send you more information about me and what I’m currently doing at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. I’m hoping you’ll be able to accommodate this request. Thanks in advance for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon! Sincerely,
    18. 18. Informational Interviewing – How to do it? 2. Timely follow-up (within 24-48 hours if possible) Possible email reply: Thanks for reaching out. It would be helpful to see your resume and I would be happy to speak for 20-30minutes via phone in the next couple of weeks. My flexible days are Wednesday, Thursday and some Fridays. Have a good weekend! Your email reply: Thanks so much for getting back to me. Attached you will find my resume. Please let me know a convenient time for you to schedule a phone call. My calendar is fairly wide open on the flexible days you mention above. Look forward to speaking with you soon.
    19. 19. Informational Interviewing – How to do it? 3. Confirming and offering to call them Email confirming: Wednesday Nov 17th at 1 pm would be great for me. I will plan to call you at the number in your contact information below. Should you need any additional information from me prior to our call, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
    20. 20. Informational Interviewing – What to ask? 1. How did you get to be where you are at? or What was your career trajectory? 2. What ways do you use your JHSPH training in your current position? Or How did your JHSPH training prepare you? 3. What advice would you give to a student preparing for their transition from school to working? 4. Can you describe your typical day to me? 5. What is it like to work at your organization?
    21. 21. What is LinkedIn? And Why? •Largest online professional networking tool out there •Works from a “Six-degrees of separation” mindset •Contains a job search engine of its own •Great way to start your Digital Trail •Allows registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business, called Connections
    22. 22. LinkedIn (cont.) Use it for your career development •Discovery the “career histories” of those in your targeted job function, industry, and company. •Profiles serve as “expanded business cards” or “shortened resumes” •Search for people like you or places you could potentially see yourself working at. Helps you to target the right companies. •Join relevant groups • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Group (796 members) • APHA Group (3,721 members) • UMCP Alumni Group (11,941 members)
    23. 23. Networking Exercise #1 1. Create your “30 second commercial” or “Elevator Speech” 2 or 3 sentences describing you Short bio or script about yourself Includes the different “roles” you had at different times 2. Memorize or write down your “30 second commercial” 3. Break into groups of two or three 4. Practice introducing yourself in 2 minutes or less
    24. 24. Timer and Chime
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    40. 40. Networking Exercise #2 Mix & Mingle 1.Introduce yourself to someone in the room that you have had little or no conversations with • One-to-One conversation 1. Mix your group of two into another group of two • MINGLE & practice your introductions 1.Mix your group of four into another group of four • Did you have anything in common?
    41. 41. Practice Breaking into a conversation •Hovering •Leading with the handshake •NO “Flimsy Fishhand” Leaving a conversation •“Exit Plan”
    42. 42. Practice Mingling •2 people •4 people •8 people

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