NUPRSSA Tips: Networking

With the semester in full swing, we know you’re all having a busy September.  As co-op application due dates are coming closer and graduation nears (December, at least), the E-Board members share their expertise on networking with a few quick tips to help you get started.

1. Follow up on any connections that interest you.
– Katie, President 

2. Always be aware of your career goals! I can’t tell you how many times the first question people ask me is “What do you want to do?” Don’t just say PR. Be concise and specific- it shows how driven you are and could land you in the hands of a useful connection.
– Kristina, Vice President 

3. Every connection you make is an important one. You never know who knows who in the industry, and how smaller connections can turn into big opportunities. 
– Jessica, Secretary 

4. Follow anyone you’re interested in talking to/networking with on Twitter and retweet them or reply to their tweets that interest you. This is an extremely easy and painless way to get your name on someone’s radar. Follow companies that you’re interested in, too! Most companies have people dedicated to working on their social media, so it’s an easy way to get yourself noticed.
 – Shannon, Treasurer

5. Don’t let yourself become too overwhelmed.  There are tons of networking opportunities, which means its important to weed out the opportunities that are irrelevant to your career goals.  When you’re actually attending these events, don’t let the amount of people overwhelm you either.  Check out the attendee list and pick out a few people that you would like to network with before jumping in.  You’ll feel much better being prepared for the event.
– Gabi, Social Media 

6. Add people on LinkedIn! It’s a great way to connect with people and also see what their past experiences are.  This could help you find out if there are any that might benefit you.
– Chelsea, Fundraising

7. Hit the ground running- you may be overwhelmed when you first start with a new campaign or client, but try your best to learn as much as you can about the ins and outs of this new project. Be a sponge for information- the more that you learn, the quicker you will be able to start contributing to the team.
– Libby, Outreach 

Come back next month to hear more tips from the E-Board!

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