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The fifth school lesson plan presentation focuses on networking. We explain how to make connections with people who can help you find employment opportunities and how to main business relationships.

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  1. 1.©Copyright The Importance of Networking BY DOUG CRAWFORD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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  3. 3.©Copyright Networking Is More Than Just The Internet While social media truly helps in maintaining career and personal networks, there really is more to it than that.
  4. 4. ©Copyright What Networking Actually Means  While social media remains an excellent source for networking and building relationships in the job market, offline sources still benefit all who choose to use them.  Networking means enlisting support to comfortably ask for advice, ideas, and referrals  Professional relationships built through networking should be a “give-and- take,” not one sided  In the end, finding and using available resources may just get you that job
  5. 5. ©Copyright Building Your Network
  6. 6. ©Copyright Easy Ways To Build A Network  What Should Be Done:  Use referrals  Join professional associations or clubs  Volunteer  Attend Networking Events  Contact former educators, administrators, and career-services officers  Contact former co-workers, customers, and volunteer organizations  Find a mentor  What Shouldn’t Be Done:  Ignore people trying to help you  Use shyness as an excuse not to meet people who can help  Lose or misplace business cards given to you in your job hunt  Overuse a networking option and give nothing in return  Forget to follow up
  7. 7. Why Should You Network?  Some jobs may be closed to outside applicants.  Internal vacancies may become available through referral.  Employers may not want to take the risk on the unknown. Knowing someone may help change that perception.
  8. 8. ©Copyright But I’m New To All Of This…  Teenagers, new high school graduates, and college students just starting out face an uphill battle in getting even the most basic job.  So where should you turn:  Classmates, alumni, and recent grads  Parents, relatives, and parents of friends  Teachers, coaches, advisers, and guidance counselors  What if I’ve never worked before?  Volunteer experiences offer great opportunity to network  Attending charity events and fundraisers is a “Who’s Who” of professionals
  9. 9. Informational Interviewing  It isn’t a type of job interview…It’s preparing for the job interview.  Consists of talking to a contact in a highly focused conversation  Material gleaned helps understand the information necessary to perform the job you’re looking for
  10. 10. ©Copyright Utilizing Informational Interviewing  Helps show what a job is really like, beyond a job description on an employment website  Assists in finding opportunities in your field of choice that you may not have even known existed  Helps affirm career aspirations  May also help you realize you’re moving in the wrong direction  Aids in narrowing down a potentially wide field  Best of all, you stay ahead of those not talking to anyone
  11. 11. ©Copyright Final Thoughts  Networking isn’t necessarily easy, but once you start to build your network, the rewards speak for themselves  For new job seekers that are shy or feel as if limited experience will hinder chances:  Use a buddy system: pair up with a friend to make the rounds together  Project enthusiasm: smile often, become self-assured through practice  Work for it: getting the job, in the end, is up to you  Online networking: it’s okay to use it, just don’t let it become a crutch  Always, always, always express gratitude.
  12. 12. ©Copyright So What Have We Learned?  What Does Networking Actually Mean?  What are some ways you can network offline?  List some people and groups who can help grow your network.  If you’ve never worked before, what are some ways you can build a network?  Why should you bother networking if there are all these job boards, postings, and “Help Wanted” signs?  Informational Interviewing  What does it mean to have an “informational interview?”  How does it differ from a job interview?  Are there similarities?  Describe how informational interviewing can get you ahead of the game.
  13. 13. ©Copyright Additional Resources For more information about networking, check out the following resources from