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Networking Information


As a student athlete you need to respect every player, team, town, school, and college you compete against. In the sport of lacrosse there is a tremendous opportunity to network. Don’t limit that networking opportunity to just your team.
 

Key Networking Tips for College and High School Athletes


- Get to know alumni.
 
- Find role models or ask someone you respect to be a mentor of yours.
 
- Conduct career strategy sessions with a mentor or contact.
 
- Don’t hesitate to enlist the assistance of relatives, friends and teammates.
 
- “Shadow” someone on their job.
 
- Be an intern.
 
- Get in the habit of writing personal thank-you notes.
 
- Talk with Alumni and teammates to find out who they know and how they can help.
 
- Get involved in campus and professional organizations.
 
- Attend professional conferences related to your career goals.
 
- Be a leader in a campus organization and be a leader on your team.
 
- Make classes count: Use class projects as a reason to talk to people in the business world.
 
- Be organized to keep track of new contacts and always send a “Hand written” thank you note to anyone that has helped you with your job search.
 
- Connect upward with faculty and staff.
 
- Use your campus career center or guidance office.
 
- Help out in your community.
 
- Go on fact-finding missions to get information about the career fields you’re considering and to establish relationships.
 
- Use the Internet to find information and network with people.
 
- Have a resume whether you think you need it or not.
 
- Take advantage of public speaking opportunities.
 
- Learn and practice good time management habits.

 
- Start a portfolio that provides evidence of your skills.

Networking tips provided by Tim Barger