The Art of Networking

Kennedy Coopwood, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, gives you tips on how to network!

Everyone networks. Whether you realize it or not, even you network. Anytime you refer your friend to a specific hairdresser, ask your friend to put in a good word for you with a job or someone of interest, or when you take down someone’s number for more information, you network. Networking is the easiest most effective tool for you in your life and carrier. Don’t “know how to network”? Ed at Indiana has got you covered.

When it comes to networking, the most important thing to remember is to always take down the name. Establishing a connection with someone is easy for us, editors-in-training, as we understand the importance of making a lasting impression. Once you meet and greet and exchange the smiles, never hesitate to get contact information.

Stay in touch with your connections. Example: If you frequently visit the hardware store and the staff starts to recognize you, make sure you recognize them in return. This way, the next time you come in, you have people ready to assist you. You may even get new info on deals, references to other customers who actually specialize in the area of repair you are looking for, or even better, discounts! If that doesn’t get you excited about networking, I don’t know what will.

The best thing about networking is you don’t know how much anyone could be of use until you actually use them. When it comes to the corporate world, it’s pretty black and white. An executive producer of a film would be great to provide insight on production, a photographer would be great to talk to if you have an interest in the photo industry and a magazine editor would be a great source for enterprise journalism and the magazine business. These types of titles are references, but when you’re talking to an editor and they mention they used to be a dancer and still keeps in contact with people on Broadway, now you have a double reference!

It’s all about communication and relationship. Don’t be afraid to build a reputation for yourself. Networking leads to career building and development, and while you strive to become the best editor you can be, always remember, networking is the key.