Tips on Networking
By Samantha Matin — honors MBA 2011 & President of Zicklin Women in Business.
Have you recently returned from a networking event with a fistful of business cards, feeling very pleased with yourself for a job well done? You should be pleased, but networking doesn’t stop there-this is just the beginning! Forging on-going long term connections is crucial to a successful career.
At the event, be sure to scribble key points on the back of each business card to remind you of relevant facts that will be useful later on [e.g. ‘Baruch alumni’ or ‘from my hometown’]. Be sure to send a communication via email or phone call soon thereafter.
Consider requesting an informational interview-these are goldmines of information and a unique way to present yourself and your personal brand. After the interview, be sure to send a thank you note-they have gone out of their way to help you. Network connections are long term professional relationships. Make sure you stay in touch every few months and build upon them.
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