Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

Thinking about attending the College of Business Networking Night or the Career Fair on the Fox?

The word networking and the idea of attending a networking event might scare a lot of people, but having a strong network and the ability to effectively communicate with people in person and via social media is essential in today’s economy. UW Oshkosh Career Services office is holding a networking workshop on Monday, September 16th at 4:30 P.M. This workshop will help students learn how to create a network, develop techniques to network effectively, and ways to utilize the individuals they meet to help with internship and job searches.

According to John Bennett, director of the Master of Science at the McColl School of Business, 70% of jobs are found through personal relationships.  Although a Networking workshop may feel as awkward as a middle school dance, it can also expand professional networks and is a great way to find a job or an internship.

Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to help survive a networking event and make your networking workshop experience an effective one.

Do’s:

  • Thank your network partners and keep in touch with them
  • Develop lasting relationships, not just contacts
  • Have an elevator pitch prepared
  • Remember to ask important
  • Questions like, “What is your story?” And “What advice would you have for me as I consider looking into this field?”
  • Dress professionally

 Don’ts:

  • Brag or exaggerate the truth in a conversation
  • Gossip or share unrelated information with network partners; stay professional and relevant
  • Allow your networking relationship to become one-sided
  • Ask personal questions or questions about money/salary
  • Forget to thank your network partners and keep in touch with them

If you are interested in attending our Networking Workshop next Monday please register here.

Check out the Career Spot short video for more tips: The Importance of Networking   

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