Networking Etiquette

April 15, 2008 at 7:59 pm (networking, PR, public relations) (, , )

We all agree that networking is important within public relations. Social Anxiety: Sincerity and courtesy are key to networking well is an article from the April issue of PR Tactics.

I have always wanted to know how I could network without seeming like I’m doing it for my own good. As a student, sometimes I feel like I don’t have as much to offer to the professionals in my network. More than likely, I won’t know of an available job for them. So far, I have found most professionals extremely willing to answer questions and help me. I try to keep in contact with them, but not overly so because I don’t want to seem needy or self-serving.

Here are a few networking tips derived from the PR Tactics article:

  • Networking won’t get you a job outright, but it will help guide you to opportunities you might have never known about
  • Keep in touch with people on a regular basis. Don’t contact them just when you need something.
  • An easy way to maintain your network is to contact people at regular times of the year, such as holidays. You also may consider contacting them after a promotion to congratulate them.
  • Offer to help them and don’t hesitate to ask them to help you. One way to help them is to occasionally send information you come across that may be of interest to them.
  • When you attend a social event to network, be genuinely interested and hand out business cards.

What is your best networking tip? What makes you think that someone in your network is being self-serving?

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