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Networking & Branding: 10 Networking Tips

10 Networking Tips

  1. Develop your brand.  Think about what makes you stand out in your current or desired career field.  Learn how to create an elevator speech to communicate your brand.
  2. Clean up your online image.  Conduct a simple internet search of your name to see what is currently out there.  Remember, if people can find it, it is a part of your brand.
  3. Build relationships offline.  Professional associations, volunteering, and connecting with your community will quickly expand your network.
  4. Build relationships online.  Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and blogs are great social media tools to showcase expertise and expand your network.
  5. Tailor your LinkedIn profile.  Learn how to create a LinkedIn account.  Complete your profile to 100% and tailor your headline and summary.
  6. Target your efforts.  Take time to set networking goals and reflect upon your progress.
  7. Share your passion.  When you meet someone new, it is your opportunity to share your passion toward your field.
  8. Show gratitude.  Send a thank-you note when a professional goes out of his or her way to meet with you.
  9. Follow up.  Set a date when you will follow up with people in your network to maintain your relationships.
  10. Give back to your network. Once you have established your network, pay it forward and be a mentor for others!