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  • - Hey, friends in this video, I'll be talking about

  • five surprisingly easy, yet effective networking tips

  • for students with zero working experience.

  • Some of these I learned from upperclassmen who at the time

  • had already gotten their summer internships

  • or full-time job offers, others I had to figure out

  • the hard way through lots of trial and error.

  • For current students pursuing a business degree like I did,

  • I highly recommend watching this entire video

  • because this is what I wish I could have had

  • back when I was a freshman in university.

  • Let's get started.

  • Diving right into tip number one,

  • leverage your alumni database.

  • Most, if not all higher education institutions

  • keep a database of their graduates.

  • If you don't know what I'm talking about,

  • go find your career center and ask them

  • for your login information.

  • Using my alma mater Emory University, as an example,

  • our alumni engagement team keeps a record

  • of my post-graduation email, and reminds us to update

  • our place of employment on a regular basis.

  • Back when I was a junior,

  • which by the way is a little too late.

  • You should start as a freshman,

  • I would go into the alumni directory,

  • select the business school and select the years

  • of our most recent graduates.

  • I was class of 2014, so it's like 2007 all the way to 2010

  • and click search.

  • Clicking into a few random profiles here,

  • I see they have mainly updated their information.

  • And if I see someone working in a field

  • that I'm interested in, I would just shoot them an email.

  • It's totally understandable to feel nervous

  • about sending cold emails to strangers.

  • But just know most of these alumni probably received help

  • when they were in your position and they are looking

  • for an opportunity to pay it back.

  • Be that opportunity.

  • Pro tip, you might wanna identify relevant candidates

  • on LinkedIn first, before searching for their names

  • in the alumni directory.

  • This is much more efficient than a blanket search,

  • clicking to a few random profiles,

  • and hoping to land on someone you want to connect with.

  • Tip number two for networking with zero experience,

  • leverage your professors.

  • Story time, I was about to graduate.

  • I had just accepted an offer

  • with a management consulting firm based out of New York,

  • and I was chilling.

  • One day, my DSCI, digital science professor said to me,

  • "Hey, I heard about your offer with EOI

  • "from an X student of mine.

  • "She's the manager who interviewed you.

  • "Good thing I didn't tell her about all those times

  • you missed my class, ah, ah, ah?

  • The point being, professors are more well-connected

  • than you think, and they can play an instrumental role

  • in landing you a job.

  • For example, let's say you come across an alumni

  • on LinkedIn you wanna connect with,

  • but can't find their contact information anywhere,

  • including the alumni directory.

  • If you know what major concentration

  • and what classes they took,

  • you can ask the corresponding professors to connect you to,

  • since they might've kept in touch,

  • or at least are first degree connections on LinkedIn.

  • Alternatively, you can try a more direct approach.

  • Maintain a good relationship with the professors

  • in the fields you're interested in,

  • go to their office hours, and after you successfully

  • charm them with your devilishly handsome smile,

  • ask them if they can connect you

  • with their previous students.

  • The third networking tip for students is to attend

  • as many events as possible, as early as possible.

  • And the reason is simple.

  • You need the practice.

  • Let's say you've never done this before,

  • and I put you in front of the hiring manager

  • of your dream company.

  • You're probably going to be extremely nervous

  • and not make a great first impression.

  • By attending career fairs from freshman year,

  • and talking to companies you might not be interested in,

  • you're essentially able to network

  • in a risk-free environment because you have nothing to lose.

  • I've never been particularly interested in CPG,

  • consumer packaged goods, companies like

  • Procter and Gamble, and Unilever.

  • And because of that, I remember feeling less nervous

  • talking with their company representatives,

  • and definitely got to practice networking tips

  • I had learned online.

  • For example, "It was great chatting with you today, Jane.

  • "I'll let you go, since there are quite a few people

  • "lining up, would you mind terribly if I got your email

  • "or business card so I could follow up with questions?"

  • As silly as it sounds, it took me many tries

  • to get that exact wording right.

  • To make it sound as natural and as professional as possible.

  • And that came with practice.

  • Pro tip, if your school doesn't have enough events,

  • you can use online platforms like Meetup

  • to find career and business related events near you.

  • Pro-pro-tip, if you're one of those lucky individuals with,

  • what's that thing called again, right, friends,

  • you can go with a friend or two to support each other.

  • Networking tip number four, write an effective cold email.

  • Instead of boring you with a walkthrough,

  • I'll link a template I used back in college down below.

  • Actually let me know if you want a video on cold emails,

  • because there are a lot of nuances to this.

  • I ended up sending 347 cold emails during my junior

  • and senior years, and here are three of my key takeaways.

  • First, the objective of the cold email

  • is to ask for a coffee chat or informational interview.

  • Since research has shown that face-to-face requests

  • are much more effective than emails.

  • Therefore, the call to action or CTA of your email

  • should include that objective.

  • Second, keep yourself introduction to the minimum,

  • and instead talk about things you two have in common.

  • The more you do this, the more you show

  • you've done your homework and the more likely

  • they'll accept your coffee chat request.

  • And remember, you get a chance to talk about yourself

  • during the meeting, and the cold email is all about

  • locking down that time slot.

  • Third, do not include a bunch of questions

  • in your cold email.

  • Typing out replies to a dozen questions

  • is much more inconvenient than hopping

  • on a quick phone call.

  • So just get right to the point.

  • Tip number five is a very simple one,

  • but arguably the most important, and that is,

  • asked to be connected with someone else.

  • At the end of every single one of your coffee chats

  • or informational interviews, literally say,

  • "Based on what we discussed today, is there anyone else

  • "you think I should talk to?"

  • By saying this one simple sentence,

  • you get a chance to tap into their professional network

  • and better yet, they'll most likely make an introduction,

  • so you don't have the pressure of reaching out

  • to another stranger.

  • As a small bonus tip, I was looking through

  • my old coffee chat notes and the exact wording

  • I used to say was, "Thanks again for your time.

  • "It's interesting how you're able to specialize

  • "in supply chain consulting after just two projects.

  • "Do you mind connecting me with someone

  • "who ended up specializing in the marketing

  • "and finance consulting teams?

  • "Just so I cover all my bases."

  • If you found these tips helpful,

  • you're gonna wanna watch my LinkedIn playlist next,

  • because all these people you connect with

  • are going to be checking you out on social media.

  • I go through everything from helping you create

  • professional looking head shots for free,

  • all the way to writing an eye-catching LinkedIn summary.

  • See you on the next video in the meantime,

  • (tongue clicks)

  • have a great one.

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    Peining Wong posted on 2022/03/20
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