Fraternity Friday- You have to MEET people

“To cultivate acquaintance with many whom I meet.” it doesn’t seem like it on the surface, but I think that this is one of the more difficult lines of the Purpose, and one of the most relevant. I’m sure all of us young alumnae are well aware of the need for networking in the job market nowadays, but that isn’t always as easy as it sounds. The key to this line is definitely cultivate- it doesn’t do you much good to meet someone once, talk to them to them for five minutes, and then leave it at that. If you want to build a working relationship with anyone, you will actually need to keep in touch with them and put in that effort. You don’t need to speak with them three times a week or anything, but every few months give them a call or send them an email (with relevant information). You never know what might turn up through a connection!

This also applies to general life. If you know someone who is a receptionist for a medical practice, and it turns out that you need a new doctor, you could ask them if anyone in the practice is accepting new patients. If you haven’t kept up any sort of relationship with the person, they will most likely treat you like any other potential client that calls in. However, if you know them and actually keep in touch with them- they may actually put in a word for you and maybe go out of their way a little bit to help you.

**Although someone might be a useful connection, don’t expect them to give you deals/make exceptions. If someone you have a networking relationship with works in retail, don’t automatically expect them to use their discount for you. If someone has some sort of party-based business, don’t expect them to give up their commission so that it is cheaper for you. I don’t really do anything that I could give people a discount on, but I have heard from a lot of my friends that do/can that people expect them to cut them a deal all of the time. Don’t put people in an awkward position. It is awful for both parties, and probably negates any networking you have done.

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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