Networking


Networking is about making connections and gaining information. It’s also a great way to personally and professionally embed yourself into a community.


Identifying Connections

 

  • People you already know...faculty, parents, friends of parents, friends, friends' parents, etc.
  • LinkedIn alumni tool: view GVSU alumni who are on LinkedIn to see where they live and work, and what they do.  Then connect.
  • Attend events

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WHAT TO DO BEFORE AND AFTER A PROFESSIONAL INTERACTION

BEFORE

Identify your own goals.  What are you hoping to learn during this conversation?  Is there information you are seeking or do you have a request for action?

AFTER

Follow-up is KEY!  Make a follow-up plan, and use it.  This could include calling, emailing, connecting on LinkedIn, or even scheduling another time to meet.  


Additional Resources

Networking Videos

Networking videos

Video advice on networking


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