How to Network Like a Professional

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TWC | How to Network like a Professional Networking Interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career. Where Does Networking Take Place? 1/7 • Formal Networking Events • Conferences • Informational Interviews • Happy Hour • Coffee • Alumni Events • TWC Events • LinkedIn • Social Media • EVERYWHERE! WHY Network? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 80% of jobs are never posted. In addition, networking allows you to clarify and define your interest in various career fields by hearing firsthand experience from professionals. Prepare So, you want to network…now what? Before you jump right into networking, do the following to allow yourself to be prepared and put your best foot forward. • Assess your networking and career goals (looking for advice, industry knowledge, jobs…looking to be BLANK position in 5 years, looking for this type of job/graduate school after college, etc.) • Develop your 30-second pitch to introduce yourself. Prepare several versions of this to use depending on the audience. • PRACTICE your pitch until you are very comfortable with it. • Be prepared to communicate your strengths, skills, and review your accomplishments. • Develop solid questions; focus on industry specific questions. How to find Networking Events in D.C. • Eventbrite • MeetUp • Virginia Chamber of Commerce • Network Under 40 • Washington Network Group • Capitol Standard • LinkedIn • America's Future Foundation • Center for American Progress • The Heritage Foundation • SAIS (Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies) • Toastmasters International (Helping members develop as leaders and communicators) • Woodrow Wilson Center • Young Consultants of DC • Young Education Professionals • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC • Young People For (part of People for the American Way) • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

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