#6. Networking – You’ll need it.Blogs
#6. Networking - You'll need it.Networking. It's one of those terms that everyone loves to use, but the majority of them don't have any clear definition of what they're advising you to do. We're going to put into fairly layman's terms and make it as relatable to your current lifestyle as we can. Hopefully you'll start to develop an understanding of it now, and then you can take it forward and build upon it in the future. So. Do you know what networking is? Maybe, maybe not. But we bet you know this website - Yeah, we thought so. So what's Facebook? That's Right. A Social Network. A digital and social representation of what many people spend hours doing in the business world. Think of it like this. When you started at your current school you probably didn't know everyone that you know now. How did you meet them? Through other people. And that is the basics of networking, just presented in a slightly different way to make it business appropriate. In the same way you should be open to new people you meet as potential friends in your social life, anyone you meet in your career can present themselves as an opportunity to network. The main thing you should always try to keep on good terms with people you've met. Do this by the following -
Learn to remember names and faces.-However you do it, this is vital - You don't want to meet the gatekeeper to your career only to not remember their name.
Be Honest.-Don'> t try too hard to impress people. There's no point lying about your role or your experience as these things will always be found out in the end and will be far more damaging. Honesty is refreshing. If when you first meet someone you don't understand what they do, you can always…….
Ask Questions.- Don'" t make the conversation one-sided. Ask questions and find out more about what they do and who they work with. This works in two ways - showing a genuine interest in their role will appeal to them and you'll also find more ways you can potential work together in the future.
- Probably the most important of them all. Actually listen to what they have to say. Take in what they've told you - you never know when it might come in handy.Next Week: #7 Buzzwords. Buzzwords everywhere.
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