Networking that is social

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!


Well folks, after submitting my resume to more than 30 businesses, and a lot of interviews, I still don’t have an internship, but…I was offered a Graduate Administrative Associate position with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering! This was quite exciting news this morning! I’m very, very excited about this opportunity. I’ll be working with the undergraduate and graduate academic advisers and developing recruiting events and coordinating visits with potential students. I think recruiting will be very interesting. And in addition to 1/2 tuition and the stipend, the more gratifying part is that someone finally finds value in my skills. I know the other places I’ve applied to and interview with know that I have skills, they’re just not the skills which are most beneficial to them at this time. Which, I understand, it was just to stomach at the time.

Anyway, a small update in the life of the bulls who escaped and ran wild last week. There is now a Facebook group dedicated to them. Apparently they’ve been named Pedro and Herbert. My fiance gave a shout out to all of my faithful readers on my Facebook wall and provided the link for your enjoyment.

Tomorrow is the first of two midterms this week. I have severely procrastinated and am not done with my review sheet, but I am working on it. I’m bound and determined to finish it before midnight tonight, read through it once or twice, go to bed, and then study throughout the day tomorrow. I don’t think it will be too bad, it’s just the fact that there’s so much to remember. I suppose it all fits together, it’s just small minute details which I don’t see as important to the overall staffing picture, but apparently they are, which will trip me up a little bit.

Benjamin and I finally had engagement pictures taken Friday night at my elementary playground. Even if the pictures turned out bad, it was a blast. Apparently I was entertaining. We’ll see. I’ll post some pictures as soon as I get them! I’m very excited to see them.

For now, good luck to everyone with midterms. And if you’ve procrastinated like I have, even more luck your way. Challenge for the week. Do something nice and unexpected for someone you think really needs a pick-me-up, without expecting anything in return. You never know how much it can lift someone’s spirits just by doing something very simple.