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6 Job Networking Tips for New Grads

6 Job Networking Tips for New Grads

March 02, 2010

Job networking events are sometimes intimidating for college students and recent graduates. These events are often places where we feel out of place – but this doesn’t have to be the case. Networking events are places where job hunters can make contact with prospective employers and show them just how strong we are as job candidates.

More often than not, the issue with networking for a college grad is not about whether or not they know how to tie a Windsor knot or how to pick out the right business card, but what to say to a company representatives and how exactly to say it.

Below are 6 tips we hope will help recent grads out with networking.

1. Show industry passion

New grads normally lack much relevant work experience, but you can still impress potential employers with your passion for the company and the industry. The following bullets are crucial pieces of information that a college grad should research to impress prospective employers.

a) The top three competitors in this industry
b) The company’s strengths/weaknesses
c) The company’s vision and values
d) Industry trends (social, economic, etc.)

2. Be interested in people