Please upgrade your web browser

These pages are built with modern web browsers in mind, and are not optimized for Internet Explorer 8 or below. Please try using another web browser, such as Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.

What would be a good approach to meeting new professionals/networking?  


Samuel Shim New York, NY

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!

3 October 2011 18 replies Networking



Christopher Ahlberg Holtsville, NY

As people mention - LinkedIn Groups are great.

I would also recommend Meetup - lots of physical/in person meetings on great
topics (wide range) there.

18 September 2014 Helpful answer


Brandon McKinney Knoxville, TN

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.

18 November 2011 Helpful answer


Aaron Spool West Orange, NJ

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.

7 October 2011 Helpful answer


Jim Thomas Clovis, CA

Join Then figure out all the ways you can use it to your advantage. ... there are many!


GUILLERMO YBARRA III Killeen, TX is a military version of LinkedIn if your a veteran seeking job opportunities.


John McCreavy Swedesboro, NJ

Hi Sam
Depending on your career focus...I wld zero in on local area based firms of 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


Richard Buck Patterson, NY

A Veterans group located in NYC:
(RWB) Red Whit and Blue
contact for NYC chapter:

Richard Buck


Al Marco Middleton, WI

Please join 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.



Thomas Elliott San Diego, CA

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 are both members of Toastmasters. 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
(3.0 miles)
Click here to email club


Douglas Lavelle Chatham, NJ

I would search trade organizations and societies with your interest. Many times they have rents that are free of charge.


Naomi Finkel Westlake Village, CA

Samuel, go to the trade shows and/or business conferences of the groups you are interested in. Speak to the marketing executive or CEO.
Naomi Finkel


Stephanie Wolcott New York, NY

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.


Tom Cal, CFA San Francisco, CA

Attend CFA events.
Seek out military Veterans and graduates from your college within the industry of interest.

(opeend to all Military Veterans)



Joe Buhajla Fayetteville, AR

I use Linkedin and Twitter.


Ben C New York, NY

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.


George Ellington Wylie, TX

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.


Samuel Comer Fayetteville, WV

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 or other organizations in your area.


Your Answer

Please log in to answer this question.

Sign Up

You can join as either a Veteran or an Advisor.

An Advisor already has a career, with or without military experience, and is willing to engage with and help veterans.
Sign Up as an Advisor.

A Veteran has military experience and is seeking a new career, or assistance with life after service.
Sign Up as a Veteran.