|EPFP Networking Challenge: February|
EPFP Networking Challenge
The More the Merrier
Did you know that all EPFP Fellows and alumni have access to the entire EPFP directory? This houses the contact information for more than 8,500 alumni in all 50 states and more than 300 current Fellows.
As a member of the EPFP community you're encouraged to use the network to connect with other EPFP Fellows and alumni in your field or state, or to reconnect with members of your cohort. The directory can be used for more than just job searching--you can reach out to folks to collaborate on projects, get to know people in a new area, or ask for expertise or advice on a topic you're interested in. You can think of EPFP as another alma mater; far more often than not, EPFP alumni are excited to meet others who have shared in the same experience and have a passion for education.
Networking success is twofold. It's important to be proactive and reach out or "cold call" others to continue to build your professional network, but many of the connections you already have are the key to growing your network. It is often the colleagues, former co-workers, friends, and acquaintances who we already know that help us find and reach the right people.
Perhaps you've had a supervisor put you in touch with their former classmate who is researching the same topic you need to include in your professional development plan. Or maybe an old co-worker from your first job introduces you to a manager at your dream organization on LinkedIn or via email so you can ask them about an open position. That personal touch--which can be as simple as a quick email or as generous as a joint breakfast meeting--can make all the difference when making your request or note stand out.
For the February Networking Challenge--the final one for the Fall Challenge series--pay it forward and introduce a colleague to someone in the EPFP network who is in the same field or who might be interested in collaborating on a joint project. This can be another Fellow in your cohort, someone you met at a regional event, or an alum you've connected with during previous monthly challenges.
Need some help on how to best introduce people via email? Follow these 11 tips from Auren Hoffman, CEO of data connectivity company LiveRamp:
Share your EPFP Networking Challenge progress with us!
We want to know how you're doing on the Networking Challenge and learn about the new contacts you're making! Tweet about your Networking Challenge experience using the hashtag #epfpnetwork.
Questions? Ideas? Thoughts? Contact Sarah McCann, National EPFP Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.