© Alternative Futures Press, 2003
Networking Tips: For those who would rather not!
Then she attended a neighborhood party at the urging of her
boyfriend. At the party she casually mentioned to several people
that she was looking for work. The friend of a neighbor asked her
about her background. The day after the party, she received a call
from a large medical research organization asking her to come in
for an interview. She interviewed for the position and was hired
later the same day.
As you begin to network, remember these tips:
Develop your personal story and script.
Life is a stage, and you need to know your script, especially if you
would rather not be up there networking in the first place. The
script includes your personal story, i.e., who you are, what you are
doing and why. It includes a quick overview of your background
and your interests. And it includes a broad statement of your
goals and objectives. Always keep your story simple and your
goals focused. Use everyday language. Your story should NOT
sound canned or forced. It should also not sound like an adver-
tisement. Present it in an informative and humble way. Make it
part of the conversation and try to make it interesting.
Emphasize your accomplishments.
All of us, especially if we have worked for any length of time, have
a long list of career and life accomplishments. Go back over all of
your jobs and list them, write about them, and be ready to talk
Finding Your Work
32 © Alternative Futures Press, 2003 Networking Tips: For those who would rather not! As you begin to network, remember these tips: Develop your personal story and script. The script includes your personal story, i.e., who you are, what you are doing and why.