Networking is about creating a community of tight and loose connections and growing social capital. It is about building personal and business relationships that create support and opportunities.
Strengthen Your Links—Tips for turning a select subset of network links from weak connections to strong bonds.
Give more than you get...
Help someone else at an event
Connect someone to someone else that can assist them
Take the call.
Good networking questions to ask:
What are your biggest business challenges currently?
How can I be helpful to you? I may know someone you should contact.
Is there anyone you suggest I talk to about [insert your own business or personal challenge]?
Finding a coach or a mentor is a very personal process. Are you looking for someone who has had a similar career trajectory? Or, are you switching careers or industries, and need to source the best connection as you make this transition?
Learn more about building a coach/mentor relationship. It takes time and effort, much like any relationship.
Start with a clear picture of your networking journey—What are you interested in achieving and why are you connecting to specific members of your Berkeley-Haas network?
Search the @cal Alumni Directory or LinkedIn to find Haas students or alumni who represent the kinds of connections you need to make (within a company, industry, geographic region, etc).
Connect! Reach out via email to request an informational interview or to request a time to meet in person or via phone.
Prepare for your meeting—What questions will you ask? What information are you most interested in learning from someone on the "inside"—info that can't be found on a company website?
Be transparent—Would you like their assistance connecting to a hiring manager or passing along your resume?
Thank them for their time, knowledge, and connections. A little bit of thanks goes a long way.
Learn how can you turn networking requests and meetings into a stronger relationship.
Follow up with your new connections. Keep them updated on your job search, current classes, relocation, etc.
Share industry related information, articles of interest, and Haas events of interest (Invite your new connection to one of the Haas student-led conferences or Alumni Signature Events!) Keep your common interests and goals top of mind.
Continue to build the relationship and stay connected.
The best and most effective mentor/mentee relationships are built organically, and strengthen overtime.
Not all relationships need to last a lifetime. Some have limited lengths, and that is ok. You are looking to build a mutually beneficial relationship that may not need to last forever.
For more information, please contact Meg Roundy, Associate Director, Student-Alumni Relations