You’ve probably heard that networking is a valuable tool for professional development that can help you find an internship, land your first job, get a promotion, or find a business partner. However, despite the benefits of networking, it still can sound a bit intimidating.
Networking doesn’t have to be intimidating. Think of networking as nothing more than creating and maintaining connections with other people. One easy way to develop a connection is through shared experience.
As an NYU student you are lucky to share the experience of being an NYU student with many successful NYU alumni across the Global Network University. See below for tips on how to use LinkedIn to leverage your NYU network and capitalize on the shared experience of being a past or present NYU student.
Tips for Connecting with People on LinkedIn:
Think quality instead of quantity when connecting to others. Don’t ask to connect to anyone and everyone. Be strategic and target individuals who will be an asset to your professional development.
Never use the default request; “I’d like to add you to my professional network.” Instead, explicitly share how you are connected. For example, when connecting to alum, indicate that you are currently a student of his or her alma mater and be sure to indicate your university affiliation on your profile.
If you are not directly connected to someone, but share a mutual connection, it is courteous to ask for a virtual introduction.
To Find NYU Alumni on LinkedIn:
Join other NYU-related Groups
Utilize linkedin.com/college/alumni to search your NYU network.
Have More Questions?
The LinkedIn Learning Center provides user-friendly tutorials and user guides that can help you make the most of your profile and utilize your professional network.
Career Counselors at the Wasserman Center are also available to help you develop an effective LinkedIn profile and online networking strategy.