As summer comes to a close and fall begins, recruiting season launches into full swing! While recruiters are focused on the recruitment process of attracting the best talent for their firms, accounting students are seeking ways to differentiate themselves from their peers.
This Fall we’re launching a series on professional networking with Tom Rogowski, CPA, Senior Business Development Director at Roger CPA Review. Tom has more than 15 years of recruiting experience at some of the top public accounting firms. In part 1 of this 5-part series, Tom provides 4 basic tips for successful networking. Learn more as he provides real-life tips on how to network for professional success.
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1. Be Genuine.
The most successful professionals build genuine relationships. An act of kindness that might seem relatively insignificant to you at the time might not be relatively insignificant to others. Being authentic (and kind!) helps you build better connections now and in the future.
2. Networking is 2-Way Street.
As you approach networking and building relationships, focus on giving more than receiving. It’s great to help others who need it, even if it means getting nothing in return. This will help you build lasting relationships that could eventually lead to positive outcomes in the future, such as landing a job or a new partnership.
3. Embrace the Process.
If you’re not a “people person,” networking might seem intimidating. Try to enjoy connecting with others. Start out with small steps by seeking common ground with people you’re meeting. That creates an instant connection and allows for an easier flow of conversation that’s more natural and not forced.
4. Listen First, Talk Second.
One of the most important aspects of networking is listening. Be a good listener by listening with intent to learn more about the other person. By really listening to what they have to say and internalizing that information, you can craft more thorough and relevant responses. As a result, you’ll notice a huge difference in the ease of your dialogue.