Late winter/early spring is a busy time for college students – first rounds of exams coupled with the start of the annual job search process.
Take advantage of career fairs, company networking events, and panels of speakers at club meetings as they all provide great opportunities to meet people and collect business cards. Be sure to have a small notebook with you to jot down names and companies in case they didn’t hand out cards.
After each event, make yourself memorable AND build your network by asking to connect with each person you met on LinkedIn. Personalize your message, mention the event, and thank them for their time. Keep it short and sweet.
Using LinkedIn, you’ll get access to EVERY person’s professional network that accepts your request. Think about that – given that the average LinkedIn user has over 300 connections.