Organizing Your Contacts

Throughout graduate school, I have met a lot of researchers from around the world at conferences, workshops, seminars and networking events. It is hard to remember everyone you have met but an efficient way to keep organized is to have a networking book. Write down their name and title, affilation, research area, date of first introduction and any other useful bit of information and staple their business card (if provided) inside your book next to their information.   Having a networking book is also helpful at career or job fairs where you  are meeting many employers and companies in a short period of time.  Keeping a networking book is not just about having other people’s contact information so you can ask them for help but it is also about you helping them.

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