Workshop Suggests Tips for Networking – The Connection

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On Friday, an online event was held via Zoom called Networking for people who hate networking. Internship Developer for the Work Experience Program Cameron Whitfield talks networking tips for introverts.

An online event took place on Friday via Zoom called Networking for People Who Hate Networking.
Internship Developer for the Work Experience Program at Cosumnes River College Cameron Whitfield moderated the event.
“Networking is really about making those personal and professional connections and yeah, more often than not what’s true is thinking about networking, you know how to find that next opportunity, job or internship,” Whitfield said.
Students were invited to register for the event on Handshake, which is a free website that keeps students up to date with happenings on campus and employers.
The workshop was designed to examine networking across all three temperament types, which include introverts, extroverts, and centroverts, with an emphasis on introversion in networking.
Whitfield said he’s done a lot of research on this topic and could talk about it for hours.
“I’m a huge introvert myself and it took me a long time to learn what introversion is or you know thinking there’s something wrong with me and then finding out (about of introversion) really changed my outlook and perspective on moving forward,” Whitfield said.
Throughout the Zoom meeting, Whitfield suggested tips students can use to help with networking.
“A pro tip for introverts (is that) you want to be aware of your skills and your strengths,” Whitfield says.
Other tips mentioned by Whitfield include developing those connections that show interest and ask open-ended questions.
Whitfield also mentioned strategies students can use to help with networking.
“The first is preparation,” Whitfield said. “(Preparation) is a great place where introverts shine, but also if you’re generally anxious about networking, always having a plan can keep you focused and reduce stress and it’s a great first step. “, said Whitfield.
Whitfield said when he meets with students, he talks about being intentional with them so they know what their goal is for whatever they do, whether it’s for an event or an interview.
“Making sure the outcome is in your control will (help) set you up for success by putting it into context: how do you put yourself in a situation where you feel confident to engage with an employer? said Whitfield.
Other strategies include percolation and pacing, which can help students by going beyond the superficial level, giving meaning to conversations, and returning to preparation.
Networking goes beyond creating those personal and professional connections, Whitfield said.

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