Regularly update your resume so that you are prepared to send it to a networking contact. See our Resume Guide for additional information.
Your academic studies have prepared you well for the research aspect of networking! Whether preparing for an informational interview or a real job interview, it is important to gather specific information about the companies you are targeting. The information could include primary products, culture, industry trends, competitors, job postings, press releases, and any other relevant information from their company website, Internet searches, print articles, online articles, or visual media.
Here are two steps you can complete as you research a specific position or company:
Name tags should be worn on your right side so they provide an easy sight-line to your name when shaking hands
If you’re interested in an organization, ask what they look for in an ideal candidate. Share your skills, interests, and experiences (including coursework!), tying to specific needs of the employer if you can. Be an active listener to pick up on what they are looking for, and you’ll be able to convey how you can fulfill their needs.