Networking Tips for Shy People – Article

November 14, 2012

Networking Tips for Shy People

Five Simple Ways to Make Job-Search Connections

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/professional-networking/networking-tips-for-shy-people-hot-jobs/article.aspx

By Margaret Steen, for Yahoo! HotJobs

Network, network, network: It’s the most common advice job seekers hear. And it’s goodadvice – in a HotJobs poll, 58 percent of respondents said that networking had helped them land their most recent job.

But for people who aren’t naturally outgoing, the very idea of networking can cause a lot of anxiety. Many of us dread “schmoozing” with large groups of people.

The good news for those people is that networking isn’t just about working a crowd. In fact, introverts have some qualities that work to their advantage.

“Introverts are usually excellent listeners,” says Janet Civitelli, a workplace psychologist and the owner of career advice site VocationVillage.com. “They reflect before speaking, and they enjoy one-on-one conversations.”

In fact, networking is about building relationships, and that can be done one-on-one, in groups or online via social networking.

Networking in groups is usually the most difficult for introverts, but “all three can be valuable in different ways,” says Wendy Gelberg, the author of The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career.

Experts offer these tips to help introverts build the strongest networks they can — even in group settings:

Broaden Your Networking Goal

If you simply ask people you meet if they know of any job openings, you’ll likely be disappointed.

“Most people in the world are not walking around with jobs in their pocket,” Gelberg says. “We talk about networking as a tool for a job search, but it’s not always a linear, direct process.”

Instead, Gelberg advises, redefine networking as a mutual exchange. Perhaps someone you meet could give you advice on your resume — or maybe you could help someone you meet with a job search or professional development. If you’re on the shy side, offeringsomething may be easier than askingfor something.

Volunteer at Large Events

Instead of going to a professional association meeting and trying to strike up conversations with strangers, volunteer to help organize or run the meeting, for instance.

“Many people find it easier to become acquainted with others by making a contribution rather than making small talk,” Civitelli says. You can help find speakers for an event or serve on a committee, for example. Both of these activities will give you a purpose at the event — and the work itself is a good networking opportunity.

“The networking happens naturally, and the focus is on accomplishing something,” Civitelli said. “You’re getting to know people, but you’re getting to know them because you’re part of a team with a goal.”

Arrive Early for Group Events

Introverts tend to procrastinate about going to big events. Then they arrive and find the other guests already gathered in intimidating small groups.

Gelberg encourages introverts to go early instead. “Those groups haven’t formed yet,” she says. “There are just a few random people who have shown up early, and they’re delighted to have someone to talk to. Then you become part of the group.”

Don’t Set Unrealistic Goals for Group Meetings

For example, don’t pressure yourself to meet everyone. Instead, set a goal of talking to five new people, for example. If the event has an attendee list, you can always send follow-up emails to people you didn’t have a chance to talk to.

Network Online — In Moderation

Social networking sites can play a valuable role in networking. They help you keep up your connections with people who may be able to help you, and connecting virtually can be less stressful than face-to-face interaction. Just be sure you don’t spend so much time connecting online that you never connect in person.


Helpful Guides – How To Use LinkedIn

April 24, 2012

I know that right now most of our students are hunkered down somewhere studying for finals, or are in a classroom furiously typing (or writing) a final.  After the craze of finals is over, you should take some time to work on your online presence.   

As many of you know, LinkedIn is one of the most helpful websites for a job search since it allows you to connect with professionals, conduct employer research, and find job postings.  If you haven’t yet created a profile, I encourage you to do so.  If you have a partial profile, I encourage you to work on improving the contents of your profile.  While it is great to have access to the information available on LinkedIn, just having a profile will not do you much good if you are not interacting with others in some way through the website.  Participating in groups, sending messages to professionals, and following up with the people you meet electronically or in person will help you to strengthen your network. 

If you are not sure how to best complete your profile, or how to use the other functions on LinkedIn, there are a helpful series of videos and guides on LinkedIn that will show you how.  For more information, check out the LinkedIn Learning Center.  In addition to the general written instructions that are available, the “Students” section contains six short video segments showcasing different LinkedIn features, including how to use LinkedIn to find opportunities and prepare for interviews.

For any students who are not certain how best to approach professionals through LinkedIn, or through networking generally, the Office of Professional Development is here to help.  Please contact us with any questions you might have at opd@utoledo.edu or 419-530-2851.


Government Honors and Internships Deadlines

April 24, 2012

Details of the programs listed below are found in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The link, username, and password to access the Handbook can be found in the Resources tab on Symplicity.  The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next two weeks.  Many federal and state programs will be filled as soon as the ideal candidates are identified.  Also, other programs with Rolling Deadlines are available in the Handbook.  Apply for other programs with Rolling Deadlines as soon as possible.

1L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  •  National Indian Gaming Commission – Office of General Counsel Summer Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 04/27/12)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Chicago District Office Volunteer Legal Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/01/12 Milwaukee & Minneapolis Legal Units)

 Fall

  • California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)
  • Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)

2L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • National Indian Gaming Commission – Office of Counsel, Summer Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 04/27/12)
  • Lake County Public Defender – Law Student Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/30/12)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Chicago District Office (Unpaid, Deadline 05/01/12 Milwaukee & Minneapolis Legal Units)
  • Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender – Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline Rolling Basis until Mid-May)

 Fall

  • California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)
  • Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)

3L Deadlines

  • District of Columbia – Capital City Fellows Program (Paid, Deadline 05/01/12)

Government Honors and Internships Deadlines

April 9, 2012

 

Details of the programs listed below are found in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The link, username, and password to access the Handbook can be found in the Resources tab on Symplicity.  The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next two weeks.  Many federal and state programs will be filled as soon as the ideal candidates are identified.  Additional programs with rolling deadlines are listed in the Handbook, apply for positions with rolling deadlines soon as possible.

1L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • Florida Attorney General – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/12)
  • Office of the Governor of Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/12)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Chicago District Office Volunteer Legal Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/01/12 Milwaukee & Minneapolis Legal Units)

Fall

  • California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)
  • Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)

2L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • Florida Attorney General – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/12)
  • Office of the Governor of Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline (04/15/12)
  • Lake County Public Defender – Law Student Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/30/12)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Chicago District Office (Unpaid, Deadline 05/01/12 Milwaukee & Minneapolis Legal Units)
  • Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender – Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline Rolling Basis until Mid-May)

Fall

  • California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)
  • Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 05/15/12)

3L Deadlines

  • New York State Senate – New York state Senate Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 04/20/12)
  • District of Columbia – Capital City Fellows Program (Paid, Deadline 05/01/12)

Government Honors and Internships Deadlines

March 26, 2012

Details of the programs listed below are found in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The link, username, and password to access the Handbook can be found in the Resources tab on Symplicity.  The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next two weeks.  Many federal and state programs will be filled as soon as the ideal candidates are identified.  Other programs with Rolling Deadlines are listed in the Handbook, please apply for positions with Rolling Deadlines as soon as possible.

1L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Legal Department 2012 Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 03/30/12)
  • International Trade Administration – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/30/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Unpaid, Deadline 03/31/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireline Competition Bureau Pricing Policy Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Maryland Attorney General – Consumer Protection Division Summer Student Internships & Clerkships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Florida Attorney General – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/12)
  • Office of the Governor of Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/12)

Fall

  • Dept. of Interior – Office of the Solicitor Legal Internships/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)

2L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • International Trade Administration – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/30/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Unpaid, Deadline 03/31/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireline Competition Bureau Pricing Policy Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Maryland Attorney General – Consumer Protection Division Summer Student Internships & Clerkships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Florida Attorney General – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/12)
  • Office of the Governor of Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline (04/15/12)

Fall

  • Department  of the Interior – Office of the Solicitor Legal Internship/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)

3L Deadlines

  • Ohio Legislative Service Commission – LSC Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • New York State Senate – New York state Senate Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 04/20/12)

Government Honors and Internships Deadlines

March 20, 2012

 

Details of the programs listed below are found in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The link, username, and password to access the Handbook can be found in the Resources tab on Symplicity.  The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next two weeks.  Many federal and state programs will be filled as soon as the ideal candidates are identified.  Also, apply for other programs with Rolling Deadlines as soon as possible.

1L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Legal Department 2012 Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 03/30/12)
  • International Trade Administration – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/30/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Unpaid, Deadline 03/31/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireline  Competition Bureau Pricing Policy Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Maryland Attorney General – Consumer Protection Division Summer Student Internships & Clerkships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)

 Fall

  • Dept. of Interior – Office of the Solicitor Legal Internships/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)

2L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • International Trade Administration – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/30/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Unpaid, Deadline 03/31/12)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireline Competition Bureau Pricing Policy Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Maryland Attorney General – Consumer Protection Division Summer Student Internships & Clerkships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)

 Fall

  • Department  of the Interior – Office of the Solicitor Legal Internship/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/12)
  • Securities &  Exchange Commission – Law Student Observer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/23/12)
  • The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/11/12)

3L Deadlines

  • Ohio Legislative Service Commission – LSC Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 04/01/12)

Government Honors and Internships Deadlines

March 5, 2012

Details of the programs listed below are found in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The link, username, and password to access the Handbook can be found in the Resources tab on Symplicity.  The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next two weeks.  Many federal and state programs will be filled as soon as the ideal candidates are identified.  Also, apply for other programs with Rolling Deadlines as soon as possible.

1L Deadlines

Summer Programs

 Department of Commerce – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)

  • Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe – U.S. Helsinki Commission Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • Small Business Administration – Summer Intern Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • New York State Attorney General – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/16/12

 Fall

  • The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/11/12)

2L Deadlines

Summer Programs

  • Department of Commerce – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe – U.S. Helsinki Commission Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • Small Business Administration – Summer Intern Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)
  • New York State Attorney General – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/16/12)

 Fall

  • The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/11/12)

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