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Is it Really All About Who You Know?

“It’s all about who you know.” Ah, yes, the biggest cliche when it comes to networking advice. Like many a cliche and stereotype, this one too is grounded in truth. But how do we actually get to know people? For me, building successful connections have happened because of the three C’s: college, conferences, and conversation.


College

ou go for the education; you graduate with a network. I’ve long viewed college as far more than a place to get a degree off of which you’re meant to build a career. Instead, you spend four years making connections with classmates, professors, counselors, and alumni, who may just be able to help you in your future endeavors. At least, that’s how it worked for me.

The first two jobs I secured out of college were a direct result of my networking skills. In fact, my first job ever (working as a page for The Late Show with David Letterman) came about because I went to a party the second semester of my senior year.

It was alumni weekend and a friend of mine was hosting a house party to give us a chance to catch up with friends who had graduated, and give graduates a taste of the old college life. A mix of current seniors and the previous year’s graduates were all reminiscing and catching up. Then I saw an acquaintance of mine who I knew worked for The Late Show. I beelined it over to him, hell bent on uncovering how I could make my dreams of moving to New York City a reality. We talked about his new life in New York, his job, some goings-on about our lives and eventually I asked him if he thought I’d be able to apply for the page program. He generously offered to vet my application and put me in touch with his boss. Three weeks after graduation, I flew to New York to interview and landed the job!

The three C’s!

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