By Aleah Sexton
Navigating your career may seem daunting, especially when there are so many moving parts. Networking seems to be the core of the career strategy, and LinkedIn is your best friend throughout the process. People are mostly willing to hop on a phone call or message back with their perspective and advice on approaching their company. However, you have to make sure you’re reaching out the right way. LinkedIn is your best friend in networking, and these tips will ensure you’re able to build your network.
- Do your research! LinkedIn makes it easy to find exactly who you’re looking for. In the search bar, you can type in the name of the company you’re looking for, and Miami University to see which alumni work at the company. You can do the same thing for professional fraternities, sororities, or clubs to add a bit more connection when you reach out to a specific contact.
- Include a message when you ask the contact to connect. This gives the contact a bit of background on why you’re asking to be a part of their network.
- In the message, it’s important that you ask for help, and don’t try to pitch yourself. You can speak on your credentials later on once you’ve built a relationship with the contact. To begin, make sure the message is about your desire to learn from the contact.
- It’s smart to keep the message sweet and simple. Start by introducing yourself, and then state why you admire the company. Finish the message by asking for their availability to possibly speak further on a phone call. End the message by giving your thanks!
- After the phone call, make sure to ask for their email to thank them for their time.
- Once an initial relationship has been built, don’t be afraid to ask your contact to look over your resume or provide tips as you go through the recruiting process. If you touch base with them every so often, they’ll be more likely to recommend your name to HR.
When you reach out to different people, it helps if you’re energetic and passionate about the company. Do your research on their position so you can ask meaningful questions beyond their daily work. Good luck!