Building A Bridge To Success: The Importance Of Networking In

Building A Bridge To Success: The Importance Of Networking In

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Upon entering college, you learn a very important life lesson. The lesson is the importance of networking. Networking is something that can make or break a career. Do it the right way, and there will be endless connections built, but do it the wrong way and one can be seen as pushy or manipulative. While this article is mainly focused on why networking should be done, it is important to know the various ways in which one can network. In this day and age, it is not solely about face to face connections anymore, but on making a lasting impression in the smartest and most efficient way possible.

Networking is defined as "interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career" according to Google. Through this act one can meet future employers or colleagues that can help to enhance one's resume. While personal contacts are not necessarily needed to be successful, they cannot hurt. In today's world where people are motivated and have big dreams, there are few people applying for a position without high qualifications. Having that personal contact could be the things that gives you that extra nudge and grants you the position. This is not to say that if someone is under qualified or if there is a better candidate that they will be chosen based on prior connections, but this is to say that the connection can only help you in the long run.

Undergraduate Institutions are the number one place, in my opinion, to start networking. It is here that one can meet a plethora of people from different backgrounds, with different goals and dreams, who will all hopefully be successful. It is in these institutions that the greatest number of connections are made. There could be someone in your school who could be the person in charge of hiring at a company or the CEO, the person who can change your life and give you the job that you so richly deserve. While talking to complete strangers and putting yourself out there may seem intimidating, it is a necessary evil.

This brings us to the how of networking. It is important to build connections because you never know where it could lead. Where to network is probably the most convenient aspects of the deed, because it can be done, literally, anywhere. It can happen at the airport waiting for a plane, or in the coffee shop waiting on your order. It can happen as you wait for a taxi, or standing in line to pay for something. Someone just has to make the first step into communication. It happens at all times, and at all places, it is just important to remember to not force anything. The connection has to be a true one, or it will leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, and that is not what you want when it comes to building professional connections.

At the same time, networking does not always have to be in person. Nowadays, social media is all the rage, and it very easy to meet and build professional connections with people online. Two social media accounts that everyone should have are Twitter and LinkedIn. These give you access into people's personal and professional lives while still having the barrier of privacy. If one is looking for a more professional setting, then LinkedIn is definitely recommended. This site is made for building connections, and introducing businesses and organizations that you may not have known existed. It is here that you can meet people with the same goals, professionally, or even meet people who have met the goals that they want to achieve. It is also important to build connections with those outside of your chosen career field — while those in it may certainly be able to lend you a helping hand, you never know what others have to offer.

While networking is very important, it is also important in the way one goes about it. Do it smart and strategically, but build real professional connections. Make the best of your college experience, but also remember that this is the time to build these connections. Remember why you are there are get the grades needed to be successful, but be sure to keep in mind that a little networking never hurt.

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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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8 Things You Should Know about being a Server

"Some of my customers make me want to print this out and staple it to their foreheads."

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I wrote this out of frustration of the ones who don't know what it's like to be a sever.

This has been on my heart ever since I became a server and it's these things I want everyone to understand.

1. We don’t make an hourly wage

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Well, we do, but it's only $2.15 an hour. After taxes are taken out, it comes to be roughly $0.75 an hour. Being a server is not like other jobs, we do not rely on our weekly check to pay the bills or put gas in our cars. If I serve 6 tables in one night and they all leave me $3, looks like I'm leaving with only $18. My paycheck from my 40 hour pay period of 2 weeks is only going to turn out to be about $30, that is if I don't get money taken out for employee meals. Servers work late nights so there is no proper time for dinner so getting an employee meal is sometimes the only option.

2. 15% is not a good tip

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Before I started serving I thought that 15% was what I left when my server did a very good job. Keywords of that sentence is “before I became a server." If your server did an excellent job, AT LEAST leave 20%. We would appreciate more, but anything is better than 15%. If you don't know how to calculate this, pull out your calculator, type in the amount of your bill, and multiply by 0.20 and there you go!

3. The attitude you have towards me reflects my attitude towards you

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I'm not saying if you're super sassy with me, then I'm going to be super sassy back. I'm saying that if you seem like you don't want to be here and don't talk a lot, then I'm not going to try to spark a conversation with you. I love when my customers acknowledge me and try to spark a conversation themselves. For every customer, I want to make your experience at this restaurant the best that I can make it, but if you don't talk back, I'll try to come to your table the least that I can.

4. Acknowledge me when I come to your table

It is one of the most embarrassing things when I come to the table and you keep talking amongst yourselves when I have asked you a question. I won't be there for long so while I'm standing there, please listen to me and answer my question and then I will be on my way. Most people act like it's not my job to come up and ask what you want to eat.

5. I don’t work in the kitchen, so if your food isn’t cooked right, don’t get an attitude with me

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Your fried grouper is over cooked? I'm very sorry and I will repeatedly tell you how sorry I am for that, but I want you to understand something. I am not in the kitchen cooking the food myself. The kitchen will mess up sometimes, just like I do, and that's okay. But please, don't get an attitude with me about it because it was not something I could have prevented. I promise we will work it out.

6. I am trained to have a greeting line, so please don’t interrupt me before I’m done greeting you

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“Hey how are you guys do..."

“I'll have a water with lemon."

I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me. It is my job to ask you what you want to drink so I will get to it, but before I do that, let me get through my greeting line like I am trained to do.

7. Servers have a lot that goes through their minds

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“Ranch for table 6.

Refill drinks at table 7 and 8. Wow that guy drinks a lot.

Don't forget that the guy at table 7 wants his ribeye trimmed a certain way and cooked in-between medium and medium rare.

Where is the water pitcher??

Call out salads for table 8. No onions and peppers on one.

Grab the check from table 5.

Theres no more sweet tea in the urn. We need more!

UGH RANCH FOR TABLE 6!"

I saw something similar to this on Facebook one time, and I laughed at how accurate it was. If I forget that ranch for table 6 at the end of the night, it will hit me and I will feel and about it.

8. Lastly, I am human and I will make some mistakes

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I will stumble upon my words when I say filet mignon because for some reason it is a hard word for me to say. My mind will go blank sometimes when you ask me what kind of wine we have. I will mess up every now and then. Sometimes it will be your fault because just like me, you mess up too and that's perfectly OK.


Becoming a server was one of the most eye opening experiences for me and if I could, I would make it a law for everyone to be a server at some point in their life, but that would be really silly. I hope this opens the eyes of some people. I know being a server isn't the most difficult job in the whole world, but I can promise you it is not the easiest either.

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