The Alumni Association provides many excellent networking events for ASU graduates, providing us with the opportunity to meet other alums and expand our professional network.
Networking is all about building relationships. Here are some tips for getting started and making the most of those event and membership fees.
- Only register for events you will attend
- Invite a friend or colleague to join you to ensure that you go
Make the Most of It
- Come early and stay late
- Start out near the door or food
- Talk to people you don’t know and that are standing alone
- Make eye contact and introduce yourself, but don’t interrupt conversations
- Ask a contact to introduce you to one new person – do the same for them
- Smile, ask questions, repeat their name, and PAY ATTENTION
- Find a meaningful reason to exchange cards and follow-up
- Follow-up within 48 hours and reach out weekly
- Do so in the communication style they prefer – call, email, connect via LinkedIn, etc
- Remind them of your last conversation
- Ask to get together again for a 30 minute coffee
- Remember, not every meeting is a business source
- Create a LinkedIn profile, connect with your professional network, submit testimonials, and join relevant groups
- Register to attend the Alumni Association’s next networking event and bring a friend
- Follow-up with the contacts you make…but don’t spam or harass
The Alumni Association has created the perfect group for Sun Devils looking to connect – the Maroon & Gold Professionals is a network for ASU graduates in the working world. Whether you’re launching a new venture or looking for a job…many good things can come your way when you go out and meet new people. Especially, when they're also Sun Devils!
Register to attend the next Maroon & Gold Mixer on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Long Wong's at the Firehouse.
See you there!
--Crystal Gustavson ’03 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Arizona State Young Alumni Council Member