There are many ways to network – such as on LinkedIn or by attending in-person events – you can pick and choose the method that works best for your needs and personality. Once you build a resume and cover letter, you are ready to begin creating a plan to connect with the right people.

Networking requires preparation. There’s more to it than just hoping you get lucky enough to bump into someone who can refer you to an open position.

In order to find professional success through networking, you need to impress people and make it easy for them to remember and help you. In order to do that, you should be able to anticipate where these key contacts (and their contacts) will be and how they can research you.

Before picking from the networking strategies below, take the time to complete the following tasks:

  • Prepare a 20-30 second elevator pitch about yourself
  • Make personal business cards to hand out at events
  • Google yourself and review what you find. Where necessary, update your social media and professional profiles so that they are current and ready to be circulated

What’s the best way to ask people in my network for an informational interview without making it sound like I need a favour? Find out the answer here.  

Below is a list of key areas to utilise networking strategies