Hello, what would be a good approach to meeting new professionals/networking? I had a previous internship with an investment bank and although I was able to access an in-house search engine, I feel as if my source is very limited to that specific organization. I enjoy meeting new people, what else would you suggest?
Thank you in advance!
As people mention - LinkedIn Groups are great.
I would also recommend Meetup - lots of physical/in person meetings on great
topics (wide range) there.
While not as effective as what others have mentioned, I have recently started just talking to people in public who are wearing company shirts, asking them what they do, and introducing myself. So far, the 40-50 I've approached have been nice and willing to talk, most offer to stay in touch, a few have asked me to come by to interview, and one has offered a job outright. Doing this can be a little strange at first, but once you get used to it, it can be an excellent compliment to everyone else's methods.
The easiest thing is to go to an alumni event. Ask your school's alumni team if there is anyone you could speak to or if there is an event in the area. Alumni already have a connection to you, and will be more inclined to help vs a stranger you meet at a standard networking event. LinkedIn is also a good source.
Drop me a line and we can come up with a networking strategy for you.
Join LinkedIn.com. Then figure out all the ways you can use it to your advantage. ... there are many!
https://www.rallypoint.com is a military version of LinkedIn if your a veteran seeking job opportunities.
Depending on your career focus...I wld zero in on local area based firms of interest..as well as area business associations. As you see from other people's comments there are multitude of association options out there
Networking's about getting out there and talking with people
I've always appreciated people who take initiative...
Don't be hesitant about approaching people and asking questions...people like to talk about themselves...and deep down like to help others
A Veterans group located in NYC:
(RWB) Red Whit and Blue
contact for NYC chapter: email@example.com
Please join VetsBridge.com and set up your Professional Career Profile. Once you have registered for this free service it will begin to connect you with career opportunities that align with your requirements and interests. No resume is necessary...we provide direct opportunities for connecting with employers that are of interest to you.
Toastmasters. I always offer this as a networking tool, as well as a place to learn an important skill (i.e. making presentations). Many are unaware that companies see the importance of this organization and form chapters on their premises for their employees to attend. Most are also open to the public. So, you are provided a captive audience of individuals (usually sales, executives, and other who have to give public presentations) that work at the place that you are interested in, and all of a sudden you have something in common to break the ice...you are both members of Toastmasters. www.toastmasters.org Here is one example:
World Financial Center Toastmasters - Club #: 334, Dist #: 46 Area: E53, Est: 6/1/2000
American Express Tower, Training Rm 2, 26th Fl
3 World Financial Center, New York, NY, 10285-0002, United States
Meeting Time: 6:15 pm, Wednesday
Club Status: Open to all
Click here to email club
I would search trade organizations and societies with your interest. Many times they have rents that are free of charge.
Social media is quick and easy....but impersonal and indirect. An ingredient; not the whole solution.
Go to your local Chamber of Commerce and find out if you can attend as a guest to the monthly meetings. Usually dozens of local businesses have representation at the luncheons. Ask the Chamber for a list of local Jayce, Lions and Rotary Club contacts. Again they meet monthly and would welcome you. By following this simple pathway you can interface with many local businessfolk that are real connections...not just faces on a screen or names on a website. Go to Instaprint (google it) and make up a professional business card with your name and phone number and email. Those are excellent to hand out when you are personally networking and want to hand them something fast and not fumble for scrap paper and a pen. 250 of these cards cost around $20 and you can create it yourself.
Let's get more personal in the networking scheme and rely less on the key board.
Samuel, go to the trade shows and/or business conferences of the groups you are interested in. Speak to the marketing executive or CEO.
I agree with Aaron on checking our Alumni clubs. Also, check to see if your university has an alumni database and search it for people in your field. Having the same alma mater is a strong connection and most people will be happy to set a time an informational interview. Don't underestimate the power of an informational interview. They can lead to important networking and keep you top of mind should a position become available.
I also agree with the LinkedIn suggestion.
Samuel, Here are some resources on Networking.
I use Linkedin and Twitter.
Google is a great way to get names and cold email people. LinkedIn and its search function are great for more specific searches. Take the mentality you used to get your internship at an investment bank and apply it to networking. Promise it will work.
Also, professional groups are great platforms to meeting people. There are countless ones. They usually have some annual fee for membership. If you are a full time student, a lot of professional groups wave the fees. I am sure there are tons of professional groups for banking, especially in your area. You can probably google some. Also, as mentioned before, LinkedIn is an excellent networking source.
Linkedin is a great place to network, you can join numerous groups that can assist you in networking. Additionally, you might consider joining a service club such as the Rotary http://www.rotary.org/ or other organizations in your area.
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