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Brand Yourself in Your Contacts’ Minds

Brand Yourself in Your Contacts’ Minds

Peter Vogt, MonsterTRAK Career Coach

Hang out Where Your Networking Contacts Do

Suppose you’re pursuing an internship in the human resources field. You have a positive meeting with a local hospital’s HR director, during which, the director suggests you join the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, a professional organization in the field. If you follow through and attend those meetings, you’ll run into this HR director, putting yourself in a position to be seen and remembered.

How Healthy Are Your Networking Skills?

1. How important are first impressions?

They can make or break an interview
I can always make myself look better if I screw up at first
I dont worry about that. I look better on paper anyway

When You Land an Internship or Job, Tell Your Networking Contacts

Everyone likes to know when he has helped someone reach a goal. Once you land the internship or job you were shooting for, tell your contacts what’s happened. Thank them again for their help, and offer them your help if they should ever need it. This strategy is not only a touch of class on your part, but also gives you another opportunity to brand yourself in the minds of your new networking contacts.

Networking is a time-intensive, long-term strategy, and branding yourself via networking generally takes an even larger investment of your time, effort and patience. But you’ll set yourself up nicely, not just for short-term payoffs like internships and jobs, but also for long-term success and stability — not unlike a certain fast food chain whose golden arches have helped produce customers and profits for many years.

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