Networking Etiquette


Do your homework
: conduct extensive research on fields of work, employers, and individuals before making contact




Be mindful of etiquette: err on the side of caution and be sure to use proper salutations (i.e., “Dear Ms. Jones” vs. “Hey Jennifer!”); provide brief context for who you are and why you are getting in touch;
triple-check everything for accuracy before sending




Be subtle: reach out to seek information/advice and to build relationships; do not send your resume and inquire about internships/jobs when you contact someone for the first time




Stay in touch: always follow up with a genuine note of thanks within 24 hours of connecting; circle back with contacts as appropriate (not too much, not too little) with updates/questions to stay on radar screens; reciprocate by forwarding helpful information for others whenever possible