The 9 (SAS)sy Networking Tips You Need to Know
It’s a small world after all.
Be respectful to everyone in the workplace, and every new connection you meet. The
Twin Cities is a “small world” and the chance of you running into old co-workers and
connections is very high.
Slide into their DMs.
Send follow up emails ALWAYS. This can make your face stand out among others, and
blaze a trail to many more connections. It can also be a matter of getting the position or not.
It’s not creeping, it’s research.
Creep on their profiles (without liking anything) to prepare questions, find common
interests, and mutual connections. These can serve as great conversation topics, and
your audience will be impressed with the time you clearly took to prepare for their
Accommodate like it’s a date.
If they offer to meet, accommodate to their schedule. They are taking the time and
money out of their workday to be meeting with you. Come prepared! Have a list of
topics you want to go over so the conversation isn’t just casual babbling.
Sit down. Be humble.
Don’t use this meeting time to flex on your own connections. Use the time to learn more
about the industry, career moves and job listings that you may be interested in, and that
person’s job. People love to talk about their own accomplishments and will give you
amazing advice about their journey. Let them do the talking.
Approaching a connection with a group of friends is not what you want to do. No one
will be impressed if you look like a groupie. If you want to be taken seriously, work up
the guts to approach someone by yourself. It may seem intimidating but the more you
do it the easier it will become.
Dress to impress.
Dress the part. Remember, it always looks better to be overdressed than underdressed.
If your attending SAS, and you’re uncertain what to wear, try layers. Survey the scene
when you get there, and then you can shed a few if you need to (e.g. blazers, cardigans,
Ditch the pitch.
People can tell when you are genuinely interested in a position, and when they’re just a
check box at the job fair. Elevator pitches can be effective but be cautious that it doesn’t
sound too robotic. Especially today, employers and connections are looking for genuine
people who could add something unique and different to their workplace. Show them
that that’s YOU.
One is silver & the other is gold.
Make new connections but keep the old… Seriously. You never know how an old
connection could help you succeed in the future. For example, an old connection could
accept a new position at your dream company and help you out down the road. Send
“hope all is well” emails, take the time to catch up, and nurture the relationship.