4 Tips to Help You Network Better as a College Graduate

4 Tips to Help You Network Better as a College Graduate

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It’s no secret that these days networking is important in your job search after college graduation; yet many grads make the mistake of limiting their searches to online job postings and sending out resumes to random companies.

For those who are introverts it can be especially difficult to put yourself out there and network for jobs. But with the following four tips, you can succeed at this skill.

1. Write A Regular Blog

You may not see this as a good networking tool, but if you have something unique and helpful to share with the world, you can use your experiences and write about them.

For example, if you aspire to become a financial planner, create your own personal finance blog and invite readers to subscribe to the blog. Managers of banks and financial advising companies might subscribe to your blog and could hire you if you apply to their companies.

2. Offer To Volunteer With The Company

Another neat way to network for a job is to offer your services for free to the company you’re interested in.

By volunteering you gain hands-on experience in the field you want to work in and you meet people who can serve as your references and advocates when you decide to apply for a paid position there.

During your time as a volunteer do the tasks to your best ability and ask lots of questions. Offer to do tasks that are not included in your job description (but don’t be a show off).

3. Join A Professional Organization

The advantage of joining a professional organization after leaving college is that you’ll be in contact with important people who can assist you in preparing your resume and cover letter, and they can help you find leads in your job search.

Local leaders of these professional organizations tend to have great influence in their field, so their opinions are more respected. Build a relationship with one of these people and you can gain their approval, which can land you a job.

Also exchange numbers and email addresses with fellow members and attend as many of the organization’s events as possible.

4. Consider Your School’s Alumni Association

Your school’s alumni association can also be a good networking tool because the director of the association keeps track of former students and the director may be able to contact some of them on your behalf to inquire about any job openings available at their places of employment. Give the director information about what you majored in, your career goals and your salary expectations.

As a bonus, alumni who are working in your field can help you in every aspect of your new career.

Very few students realize this, but the opportunity to network with college alumni is one of the greatest benefits of paying for and attending college. Colleges and universities pride themselves on connecting students and alumni through special events. Don’t let these opportunities go to waste.

In conclusion, with the above mentioned steps it is possible to be in a place to get hired after you leave college. You’ll be proud of yourself and you’re on your way to financial independence.

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