NetworkingTips for theYoungProfessional
Today’s main points Networking  is a skill that anyone can  develop with practice. Professionals want to talk to you! B...
What is networking?“Building relationships based on reciprocity”
Ice breaker Where do you see yourself in 5 years? *Focus on your professional goals only.
Treat your peers like CEO’s   Marshall Macias, former    CEO at Socialbees   Richard Law, Founder    and Chairman at All...
How to get started Know  your goals Know your skills Be prepared with:    An updated resume    LinkedIn profile or pe...
Begin with low stress:      Alumni are your friends!
How to connect LinkedIn:     Invitation to Connect – State the following:       Your purpose/interest       Shared int...
Example invitationHello (Name), I am a current WWU student and noticed your profile while researching the public relations...
Moving on up: Connectingwith non-WWU professionals Identify   your targets…     Target company     Target job title or ...
ExampleHello (Name),My name is Kiné (Ka-nay) Camara and I am currently a student at WesternWashington University located i...
Informational interviews Research   your contact and the company Be sure to establish who will call Stick to your time ...
Sample questions 1.   What is a typical day in this position? 2.   What do you enjoy about your job/      working for XYZ ...
Go meet people!   Professional Readiness Workshop   Professional Women’s Association   Student Marketing Association  ...
Remember your tools  Prepare   for these events:     Always bring business cards     Know current issues in your field ...
Networking Basics: 8 Tips toNetworking Without BeingFake     Video by Maria Forleo, Business Strategist
Be a connector Help others Share information Be an asset to your professional relationships Networking = Reciprocity
Follow up, it’s really important Be   timely:     send a follow up email 1-2 days after      contact is made Mention so...
What questions do you have?
Contact me Twitter:@Kine_Camara Email: kinefcamara@gmail.com Website: www.kinecamara.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in...
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  1. 1. NetworkingTips for theYoungProfessional
  2. 2. Today’s main points Networking is a skill that anyone can develop with practice. Professionals want to talk to you! Be confident in what you have to offer a professional relationship.
  3. 3. What is networking?“Building relationships based on reciprocity”
  4. 4. Ice breaker Where do you see yourself in 5 years? *Focus on your professional goals only.
  5. 5. Treat your peers like CEO’s Marshall Macias, former CEO at Socialbees Richard Law, Founder and Chairman at Allysic, Inc. Megan West, Program Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs at Microsoft
  6. 6. How to get started Know your goals Know your skills Be prepared with:  An updated resume  LinkedIn profile or personal webpage  Business card  Elevator pitch
  7. 7. Begin with low stress: Alumni are your friends!
  8. 8. How to connect LinkedIn:  Invitation to Connect – State the following:  Your purpose/interest  Shared interest: previous experience, club, major, hobby, etc.  Once connected, follow up with a call to action  Inviteto get coffee  Ask for a 15-20 minute informational interview
  9. 9. Example invitationHello (Name), I am a current WWU student and noticed your profile while researching the public relations industry. I see that you participated in PRO while at WWU, which I do as well! I was hoping we could connect and share ideas about public relations. Thank you and have a great day! Kiné Camara
  10. 10. Moving on up: Connectingwith non-WWU professionals Identify your targets…  Target company  Target job title or career path  People who clearly want to be contacted
  11. 11. ExampleHello (Name),My name is Kiné (Ka-nay) Camara and I am currently a student at WesternWashington University located in Washington state. I found you while looking up(Company) on LinkedIn. I found your online branding to be really captivating,especially your non-traditional resume.I am interested in connecting with you to talk about your experience working inpublic relations as well as your experience working at (Company).If you are available, I would love to chat soon! I am available [dates/times]. I amaware that we would need to coordinate through time zones. Please let meknow when the most convenient time for you would be.Thank you very much and enjoy the rest of your day!Best,--Kiné Camarakinefcamara@gmail.comkinecamara.com
  12. 12. Informational interviews Research your contact and the company Be sure to establish who will call Stick to your time frame; can ask for more time ASK: Is there anyone else that you would recommend I talk to?
  13. 13. Sample questions 1. What is a typical day in this position? 2. What do you enjoy about your job/ working for XYZ company? 3. What is challenging about your position? 4. What advice do you have for someone wanting to succeed in your field?
  14. 14. Go meet people! Professional Readiness Workshop Professional Women’s Association Student Marketing Association The Bellingham Chamber of Commerce  Business After Business  Networking Breakfast Whatcom Young Professionals (WYPS) Meetups The Career Fair Etiquette Dinner
  15. 15. Remember your tools  Prepare for these events:  Always bring business cards  Know current issues in your field  Research speakers/attendees when necessary  Elevator pitch
  16. 16. Networking Basics: 8 Tips toNetworking Without BeingFake Video by Maria Forleo, Business Strategist
  17. 17. Be a connector Help others Share information Be an asset to your professional relationships Networking = Reciprocity
  18. 18. Follow up, it’s really important Be timely:  send a follow up email 1-2 days after contact is made Mention something positive about your interaction:  “I really enjoyed the networking tips that you provided us. I felt empowered to connect with professionals and I appreciate that.” Call to action
  19. 19. What questions do you have?
  20. 20. Contact me Twitter:@Kine_Camara Email: kinefcamara@gmail.com Website: www.kinecamara.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kinecamara

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