When networking, it's important to be professional at all times. Here are some etiquette tips so you can make the best impression.
- Avoid asking for a job. Instead, focus on gathering information.
- Respect their time. When requesting a meeting or phone call with a prospective network, let them know how much time you plan to take - 20 minutes, 30 minutes? Remember that they are busy too.
- Always send a thank-you note. After a meeting or phone conversation, send a thank-you to that person for taking the time to share information with you. A professional card or email is appropriate.
- Stay positive. Avoid any negativity when talking about people, past experiences, or what you have to offer.
- Be professional. When emailing or phoning, be mindful of your tone of voice and writing skills. Avoid slang, and proof for grammatical errors.
Sample Email Contact
Dear Ms. Mitchell,
I obtained your name and contact information from the Messiah University Professional Network on LinkedIn. My name is Molly Sanders, and I am a junior Psychology major at Messiah University. I am interested in learning more about the art therapy profession, your organization, and your career path.
I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to talk with you about your experience and advice if you are able to find 20-30 minutes in your schedule to meet with me.
Thank you in advance for your time. You can reach me at 717.555.5555 or MollyH@messiah.edu.
Sample Phone Contact
Hi Mr. Jones,
My name is Matt Hines. I obtained your name and contact information from the Messiah University Professional Network. I am a sophomore Biology major at Messiah University, and I'm interested in learning more about the field of biomedical research. I will be in the D.C. area from November 5-10, and I'd appreciate the opportunity to meet with you for about 30 minutes or over lunch to discuss your research experience. Would any day during that time period work for you?
Thank you so much for your willingness to talk with me. I look forward to meeting you.