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5 Ways to Make Networking Less Awkward

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Networking is one of those words that’s just thrown around. But what does it actually mean?

Per Dictionary.com, Networking is:

a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.

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What the dictionary doesn’t tell you is how to do that.

For some students, Twitter is the ultimate networking tool. For many, it’s Facebook. Others just have a knack for making new friends (with cool jobs) at the coffee shop.

We chatted with some of our #CampusFaves to get their tips on how to network right. It’s really not as hard as you think.

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I believe actually meeting the right people and making a good impression is key. But also showing your genuine self on social media can really make an impression on a lot of people because it’s so personal and direct.

Zack Centrella, New York University, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

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Talk. Talk. Talk. Go out there and talk, to everyone, in school, at bars, on the subway. BE SOCIAL!

Lisa Asmussen, Berkeley College

Read more: It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You [LINK]

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Asking honest questions about people’s experiences (show an interest). Embrace the awkwardness of new relationships

Andrew G. Hill, University of Southern California

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The most effective way to network is to establish a relationship with the person. A relationship is a give and take on both ends. You should try to be able to benefit the person you are networking with before they help you.

Kadrae Smith, Fort Hays State University

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Be social and thank those who help you out. Make sure you stay in touch.
Will Armstrong, University of Akron

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Zoë Björnson Zoë is a Product Marketing Manager at about.me. She loves cheese and is currently traveling the world while working remotely. about.me/kzoeb