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TIP: Building a Network at Work

You’re meeting new people and developing relationships with your colleagues. This group is an important one to nurture during your summer job or internship. You may be asking…What is the best way to build a network at work? How do I foster those relationships?

Here is what a few of our employers say:

 

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Lauren Dealexandris, Director of Intermodal Finance

Staying in touch with people through various means, and getting back to them quickly when they reach out to you is very important in building and maintaining relationships. Open communication and challenging is much easier when you have a previously established relationship, which makes advancing business issues and solutions more effective.

 

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Liz Hannah, Carolinas Campus Recruiter

Building your network is imperative and will open many doors for you down the road!  From the start of the recruiting process you will have the opportunity to meet individuals of all levels through recruiting functions, training/orientation, engagement team assignments, the counselor/mentor program, intern events, business resource groups and community service activities.  It is imperative that you get to know and keep in touch with these people.  Everyone within our firm, from our Global CEO down, is extremely approachable and desires to expand their network as well by getting to know you.

 

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Meghan Hayden, HR Functional Development Manager

During an internship you will have only a few months to establish connections, so you will need to act fast!

  • Start off strong. Show up prepared to work on your first day. Know how the company has been making the news over the last few weeks and  months.  Bring a notepad and have some questions prepared.
  • Get some quick wins.  Make your first few tasks count by showing your manager that you are dedicated to doing high-quality work.  Turn in “Completed Staff Work,” a product that is in final draft, proof-read, formatted to print, and ready to be forwarded to the customer without additional edits from your boss.  This should get their attention.
  • Build a strong reputation. Deliver on every commitment, or at least proactively communicate a roadblock.  Become someone your team can count on.
  • Ask for support. Talk with your manager, Human Resources manager, or team members about your career aspirations. Ask if they will support you as a candidate for a full-time position at the company, or if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. Follow up with a thank you email in timely fashion.

Category: Professional Development

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