The networking objective can be short or long, just be sure it captures your true genuine motives. It should also be very specific and, if relevant, include a timeline. It’s possible that you will have more than one.
Write down your networking objective; keep it in a place that you can reference often. Now you will be better prepared to make wise decisions on which networking events to attend. It’s a good idea to pull out your objective and review it to help you decide if a networking event is worth your time investment to attend and if it will help you reach your networking goals.
Your networking objective could sound similar to this:
I want to be known as the best professional sports manager in the city of Atlanta within the next two years. Additionally I’d like to assist professional sports athletes achieve success on and off the playing field.
Many people experience anxiety when they think about networking. Networking can make or break a career so creating an effective and genuine networking strategy is the best way to overcome the anxiety. I’ll be taking excerpts from my book, Navigating The Career Jungle: A Guide For Young Professionals to help set the foundation for networking.
To maximize your networking effectiveness, you need a good understanding of what you want to get out networking. I recommend you ask yourself a few questions to help establish networking objectives:
·Do you want to meet professionals in your current industry or a new industry?
·Do you want to be known in a particular professional circle?
·What is your personal and professional interest?
·How can your professional skills help someone else?
·How much time do you have to commit to building new relationships?
·What are your short- and long-term goals for networking?
·What geographic areas do you want to network in?
·Are you networking as a requirement for a job or because you have a genuine interest to meet new people?
Tomorrow, I’ll take a step further and unpack what to do with the networking objective.