It’s drilled into our heads that we need to network, network, network. Network to make professional connections, network to meet your colleagues, network to find an internship, network to network for networking sake.
It sounds boring and arduous and burdensome, doesn’t it? So let’s make it dynamic and aligned with our daily lives and our recreational activities.
One of the incredible things that resulted from our orientations was this realization: when I added my classmates on Facebook, we already had mutual friends. Some of them made sense, like my friends that worked for the university knew my new classmates who worked for the university. Some of them were a bit more incredible, like my new classmate happened to be the former manager of one of my friends when they worked together at Starbucks. Another classmate knew a friend of mine from back home in DC. Small, small world that gets smaller with each connection.
Now imagine if we applied this to Linkedin. Instead of just having a new friend to chat with on Facebook during class or funny Halloween profile photos to look at, imagine if your new connection connected you to someone who can help you get your dream internship, or if they themselves could connect you to that internship.
By now, you are probably connected to most, if not all, of your classmates. What about new connections? Remember that hilarious new friend that you met at the bar? What if you dug a little deeper and started talking to them about their work life, profession and affiliations? Connect. You never know who you might get linked to.
So instead of adding them on Facebook, or even in addition to it, add them on Linkedin. And it’s easy to do too. A Linkedin app is available for the iPhone and the Blackberry. Try it and see what happens!