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Summer events provide networking opportunities, and you might have some free time on your hands with a lighter work schedule. A roofdeck somewhere is calling to you, and you're not giving up a chance to leave work while it's still light out so that you can go sit in some stuffy legal event with a bunch of strangers; although, networking shouldn’t stop just because summer has started. The social aspects of summer and the fact that you may have more time due to a less demanding work schedule or summer break may provide you the perfect opportunity to build invaluable connections.
According to an article via Lexis Hub, 5 tips can help you keep up with your networking throughout the rest of the summer.
1. Get social. Get out, enjoy yourself and be social. Networking isn't just about making connections; it's about maintaining those connections too-summer social events are perfect ways to foster those relationships you already have.
2. Dabble in Social Media. Carefully build professional, well-written profiles, and learn the best ways to use these sites to make connections you need to build your career.
3. Event Hop. The summer is filled with many prime networking and career events for law students and attorneys, including awards dinners, lunches and pro bono activities. Figure out which of these events best match your career goals, and sign up.
4. Follow Up. Slow summer days can be perfect opportunities to catch up and/or follow up with connections.
5. Go to Career Fairs. Don't just throw your resume out into cyber space; connect with employers in person.
What kind of networking have you done this summer?
Great tips. I agree that summer is an ideal time to network and catch up on things that you generally don't have time to do. Since the weather is nicer, it's a good time to re-connect with colleagues at other firms/companies outside the office - lunch dates, after work drinks, etc. So far this summer, I've been to some CLE events, earning credit while also using those opportunities to network and meet new people. Internal firm events are more popular during the summer months as well (some specifically targeted at summer associates), and are easy ways to get out from behind your desk and mingle a little.
Great tips, thanks.
Although summertime is light work time, creating more contacts and expanding your network can not only help personally but also can boost you professionally.