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5 Networking Tips For College Students 8

NetworkingNetworking is an increasingly important skill in the Information Age, and it can often help you get a job after college.

Because college students are meeting so many new people, college can be an excellent time for networking. However, a distracted student can also successfully complete all of college without building a strong network.

To make the most of your networking chances and develop your own network, follow the five tips below.

#1 Create Your Personal “Elevator Pitch”

An elevator pitch, also known as a marketing message, is simply a short description of your company… or, in this case, yourself. The term “elevator pitch” refers to the brevity – about the time of an elevator trip.

In networking, you will use your elevator pitch to quickly (in about one sentence) explain the who, what, when, where, and why of your personal career to a new acquaintance.

Every person should have their own descriptive, short elevator pitch ready at all times.

#2 Use a Professional Business Card

Even before you start looking for a job, you should design your personal business card.

Using a graphic design program or even a simple word processor, you can create a clean, simple card in minutes that will reap many long-term benefits.

When you print your card, go the extra mile to produce it on high quality paper. This card will be your representative, so you want it to look as professional as possible.

Always remember to keep a stock of these cards handy in case you meet someone new.

#3 Follow the 80/20 Rule

In order to build strong relationships, you need to understand how to manage a conversation in such a way that the other person feels important and honored.

To do this, try to listen about eighty percent of the time and only talk about twenty percent. Obviously, this will not always be possible, but it is a good goal.

#4 Remember Names

Another very important key to building a strong network is remembering people’s names. When you meet someone, take note of their name.

A person will be pleasantly surprised if you remember their name the next time you meet, and your relationship will be improved.

Improving your memory is an important part of building a strong network.

#5 Ask Open-ended Questions

Asking open-ended questions will help you get to know a person better, and it will also help you follow the 80/20 rule.

Ask questions related to your interests and career, and you will likely learn quite a bit from people you meet.

Since I like reading, I often ask people what books they have read recently. Through this, I have received many useful book recommendations.

Use open questions to build a relationship and to improve your learning.

What are your tips for networking?

8 thoughts on “5 Networking Tips For College Students

  1. Reply Sudeep Feb 6,2010 5:17 PM

    Hello ,
    I love the 80/20 rule to be frank listening is very important . And many miss that point.

  2. Reply Nate Desmond Feb 6,2010 8:01 PM

    @ Sudeep

    It is good to hear from you again!

    I completely agree that many (probably most) people forget the 80/20 rule. In fact, I often forget it myself. Writing this post was a good reminder to me to listen more and talk less.

    Thank you for your comment!

  3. Reply Iris Geffner,LCSW Feb 7,2010 8:36 AM

    Number 6. Enjoy and have fun when meeting people. Let your true self surface. That’s what people will always remember. That’s what makes you special.

  4. Reply Jordan Williams Feb 7,2010 12:17 PM

    its often said to build good relationships do stuff for each other, whether its a big thing or a small thing. You are more likely to gain a persons trust if they have you do something for you and you do some little thing for them….. just don’t go overboard and use them.

  5. Reply Nate Desmond Feb 9,2010 11:10 AM

    @ Iris Geffner – I agree that being yourself is very important. In fact, I almost included that on the list.

    @ Jordan Williams – Great point about building trust!

  6. Reply South University Jul 14,2010 11:14 PM

    Networking makes your life a lot easier and fun. It makes it easier since you could easily get jobs or events just because of your acquaintance to someone. It is a lot fun since you get to meet new people and gain a lot of new perspective. Unfortunately, it is not innate to everyone. Some people are just plain charismatic which makes it a lot easier to network. Some people are not and the plain thought of introducing themselves to others are just horrible. Unfortunately, I am from the latter. The tips shown above are definitely useful. Another tip that I can give is to SMILE. Give a real one and not the smile from the nose or somewhere else. It makes you look more amiable and pleasing.

  7. Reply South University Columbia Jul 22,2010 5:39 PM

    Networking is a must specially in college wherein support groups are essential. It makes it easier to get jobs or events just because of your acquaintance to someone. It is a lot fun since you get to meet new people and gain a lot of new perspective. Unfortunately, it is not innate to everyone. Some people are just plain charismatic which makes it a lot easier to network. Some people are not and the plain thought of introducing themselves to others are just horrible. Unfortunately, I am from the latter. The tips shown above are definitely useful. Another tip that I can give is to SMILE. Give a real one and not the smile from the nose or somewhere else. It makes you look more amiable and pleasing.

  8. Reply Josh Nov 15,2010 10:01 AM

    Another great way for college students to network is Twitter. This infamous blue website with its infamous bird and infamous fail whale is more than simply an outlet for chronic narcissism and celebrities: it can be a great way to meet professionals and experts that you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

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