Wondering how to network when you’re junior? These are our 10 best tips if you’re starting out.
Networking Tips for Overachieving Chicks
What’s the best way to network in your niche and with experts in your field — but outside your company? How can you find these experienced professionals, and how should you reach out? Can you find a mentor outside your own company? Reader M wonders: I just landed a job in a field I’m excited to be in, … Read More about Networking In Your Niche — But Outside Your Company
What should you do if you’re feeling envious of a colleague who’s younger than you, seemingly unappreciative of the opportunity you’re giving her, and also — in your opinion — inappropriately flirty at networking events? Reader J wonders: I’m a 40 yr old business development manager at an engineering firm. I’ve formed a group of female colleagues that helps … Read More about Feeling Jealous of a Younger Colleague
What should you wear to lunch while you’re networking? Reader C wonders… I work in Recruitment Marketing at a Big 4 firm. I like my job and what I’m doing but it’s time to start looking for a new job. As a part of the search, I’m going to be setting up networking meetings over … Read More about Networking Lunches: What to Wear (If You Don’t Wear a Suit)
Have you found great mentors through alumni events? What is the best alumni event (or networking event in general) that you’ve ever attended? Have you done alumni mentoring, on either side? I attended a great Northwestern networking and mentoring event last week through an alumnae group I’m involved with, Council of 100, and in our small … Read More about Alumni Mentoring and Networking: What Works, What Doesn’t
Can you keep your Facebook account private from colleagues and professional friends? Can you grow your career by networking on Facebook and still have a semblance of a personal life? What is the polite way to respond when asked, as Reader E was, to join a Facebook Group for a committee she’s on? I recently … Read More about Worlds Colliding: When Networking Groups Want You to Join a Facebook Group
2017 Update: We still stand by our advice on what to wear to a business casual networking event, but you may also want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women. A lot of companies and networking groups have parties for students over the holidays — I can remember attending more than a … Read More about What “Business Casual” Means for Students Who Are Networking
If there’s a networking events for alumni, can you go even if you’ll know no one there? Reader S wonders… I just received an invitation to what looks like a really interesting and fun networking event for a BigLaw firm I used to work at. The invite went out to all its “women alumni.” Normally … Read More about Alumni Networking – When You Know No One
Reader R has a question that goes pretty well with our discussion of networking with older men — how to network with older women. Here’s the question: I’m a 24 year old summer clerk with a public defender’s office. I got the gig by networking through my friends; specifically, by getting to know their mothers … Read More about Networking with Older Women
Can a younger woman network with older men without getting into questionable situations? My friend J told me of her interesting dilemma over the weekend… She’s traveling a lot for business these days, and on one of her latest trips she sat next to an older businessman. She’s generally against talking to her seatmates, but … Read More about Networking with Older Men
2020 Update: We still stand by these SAHM career tips, particularly for lawyers turned stay-at-home moms — but you may also want to check out some of our more recent stories on stay-at-home parents, including what you need to know about strategic volunteering, and what to consider when you’re thinking about not returning to work … Read More about Staying in the Game: Tips for Stay at Home Moms
Here are my best tips on how to use LinkedIn if you’re junior — including why I think LinkedIn is a way to recognize an already-present relationship, not a way to begin a friendship.