4 Need-to-Know Networking Tips for Millennials
Did you know that as many as 70 percent of job searchers use networking to land their positions? Because Millennials are so comfortable with technology, they may prefer online job searches to networking, but to avoid building relationships in person entirely is a mistake.
Fortunately, there are ways to marry both worlds. Below, we share four networking tips for Millennials:
1. Network to Your Strengths
If you are a huge extrovert who loves chatting in person, you should certainly consider pursuing networking avenues such as attending professional association meetings. If you prefer the comfort of technology, though, you can still network effectively. For instance, use Facebook and LinkedIn to find alumni of your schools or folks who work in your industry. Reach out to them for job search advice, mentorship assistance and informational interviews.
2. Spark a Continuing Connection
It is important to actively focus on developing relationships when networking. Try to make friendly conversation and find shared interests and relatable topics of discussion. For example, you could say something like, “I noticed on your profile that you love the Seattle Mariners. Isn’t it a shame that…” and so on. Spark a continuing connection; no discussion should be one-sided and focused entirely on your needs.
For shy folks, volunteering to help at networking and other events is a great way to make connections. Your role is clearly defined, and you have a good excuse to talk to people. No strange silences and awkward fidgeting.
4. Give Back
Networking is a two-way street, and you should strive to give back as generously as you can. If a person you are talking with expresses they’re currently looking to fill a position with a skill set you don’t have, suggest connecting them to someone you know in that area. You’ll get to continue the conversation, and will position yourself as a valuable resource.