Utilizing Networking for your Success


Many of us are about to embark on the scariest journey of our lives. Graduating college and searching for a job may seem incredibly overwhelming, primarily because it is, but there is hope.

Remember all those people who told you networking is the key to finding a job? Well, they were right. It’s not that crafting a beautiful resume that showcases your skill set won’t get you a job, but by utilizing the people you already know and their connections, you immediately reach out to hundreds of people who can possibly land you a first job to get your foot in the door.Networking

This past summer I had the opportunity to intern in New York City, where I forced myself to network as much as I possibly could in order to always have a connection in the potential cities that I would like to move to after graduation.

I was able to meet hundreds of people and get to know them not only on a personal level, but also by the work they were able to produce. I was able to connect my roommate with a job opening at the agency I interned at and hopefully somewhere down the line he will be able to reciprocate the opportunity.

The Portland Senior Experience will teach you this trick and that’s one of the many reasons to participate. The ability to learn about networking and be taught how to use it in your favor is invaluable.

Within the first 3 weeks of my internship in Portland I have made it my goal to reach out to several advertising connections from my past to catch up and talk about what we can do to help each other in our careers. You are only helping yourself by reaching out to somebody and asking for some of there time to talk.

I highly suggest you do so and please feel free to comment and tell me where it gets you.

Ryan Delaney

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3 Responses to Utilizing Networking for your Success

  1. andrewbantly says:

    Ryan,

    Glad to hear the new gig is going well. I enjoyed hearing about your experience going out and talking and re-communicating with past employers and colleagues. To be honest, I’ve always been reluctant to do so. I know a simple email or phone call would suffice rather than the overly daunting face-to-face catch-up conversation, which I so dislike. I’ve always been under the reasoning that you spend your time, you work your ass off and then you receive a letter of recommendation. Not bad, right? Well after hearing your words (and reading your links) it appears there’s still more to be done to keep those connections active. Anyway, I appreciate your post. I’ve got some past employers to connect with.

    Best,
    Andrew Bantly

  2. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Ryan. Definitely make sure you are out there meeting people (both at your internship site and elsewhere). It never hurts to introduce yourself and take advantage of every opportunity to expand your network.
    ~J

  3. chriskeizur says:

    Ryan,

    I completely agree with the idea of forcing yourself to network. For me it has always been something of a struggle, as I used to think of the process of selling myself and bragging about my accomplishments to others — which is something I have never been totally comfortable with. But that’s a terrible way to approach the process. Like you say its that personal connection, more akin to forming a new friendship than anything else. I could probably do a better job actively working to network, and I like your system of setting little goals to meet.

    Chris

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