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I’m sure most of my readers will be in the same position that I was, when I first started searching for work placements. If like me, you don’t have any contacts and you’re not sure where to start networking, then read on.
How should I approach networking?
I’m not going to bore you with defining networking or discussing its significance. I will simply give you a couple of ways that you could build up contacts.
When you’re on placement: Go to other departments and speak to someone there. Have a 10-minute chat with them, find out what they do, what they think the job market is like, and whether they have any advice for you. Take note of their name, and later follow them on Twitter/add them on LinkedIn.
When you’re not on placement: Build relationships with people through social media. For example, if you’re interested in journalism, follow some journalists. You will notice that they’ll tweet out questions such as, ‘Does anyone have some good money saving tips? Email ‘******’. Take the opportunity to gain a new contact and send them a few tips.
What should I say?
There is no need to be plain and say something awkward like ‘can I keep you as a contact?’ Instead, you are better off building work related relationships, i.e. communicating with people in the industry.
How should I stay in touch?
You don’t need to stay in touch that frequently. For example, if you have or had an Editor who helped you publish some work. Follow them on Twitter and give them the occasional tweet every now and then. You don’t need to be over the top with communication, just subtle.
The above are just a few of the ways that I have managed to build up contacts over the years. If you’re still unsure on networking, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet me if you prefer.
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Just to keep you in the loop, I’ll be resuming my Saturday blog posts from this Saturday (31st) onwards – I can’t believe it’s almost April! I hope everyone is enjoying the weather, and has a good week.