Here is the only tip you need to improve your networking (as a student): It’s not about the job, it’s not about your resume – it’s all about your relationship.
We all have that stack of business cards for all the people we’ve met, but can’t bring ourselves to write an email to? Why? You can barely remember what you said, and you can’t find a reason to reach out to them.
After over two years, I’ve come to realize that the best connections I have right now are not because I impressed them with my resume.
We’ve all heard that we should “talk to everyone in the room.” That might be a little tricky if you’re in a room of over a hundred people. The reality is – you’re not going to be remembered by everyone. Instead, hold as many conversations as you can in order to identify those with whom you do make a connection.
Afterwards, it will be so much easier to send a follow-up email talking about the interests you share.
Don’t wait until the last minute to reach out to someone. Start building those relationships now, and when the time comes for that letter of recommendation, you won’t have to remind them what to say.