A solid resume, a well-written cover letter, and relevant job experience help any candidate in their quest for a new position. But networking is a critical tool that often goes overlooked. Good relationships with key people can give you opportunities you might not have otherwise had.At Harvard, networking events and employee groups offer opportunities for staff to meet and form connections with others that could result in new career opportunities, while also making your time at Harvard more enjoyable and finding like-minded colleagues.
Resources to Prepare for Networking
When Networking it is important to be prepared for the question that is very like to come your way “ Tell me about Your Self”. The response to give to this question is similar to what you have heard as your “Elevator Pitch”. This response or pitch is the key information you would provide someone about what you know how to do and what you are interested in doing. This template can help people get started with framing out an elevator pitch that is focused and specific. You can adjust your pitch according to your audience.
In addition, you might find the questions from Brag! The Art of Tooting your Own Horn by Peggy Klaus helpful to answer fully. This exercise can give you good insight into you key values interests and skills. Self-awareness is the best preparation for networking.
Campus Networking Groups and Volunteering
In addition to formal networking programs, Harvard's dynamic and engaging community provides many opportunities to pursue personal, social and professional connections. Whether you want to volunteer to tutor employees learning English as a Second Language, practice your French, or network with other IT professionals, you can find what you’re looking for right here.
Employee Resource Groups: https://employeeresourcegroups.harvard.edu/
Volunteer Opportunities: https://hr.harvard.edu/campus-volunteer-opportunities
Harvard Community: https://community.harvard.edu/covid-19-community-resources
Harvard Ed Portal: https://edportal.harvard.edu/