Knowing how to network is a vital skill that will weave a thread of success as your career develops, but in order to fully take advantage of all that networking can possibly do for you, you should take these things into consideration:
1) Preparation is never time wasted.
You should take every advantage beforehand to pinpoint what you want before you reach out to a potential mentor or opportunity. The mistake is to go into the situation with some generic questions or a half-baked approach at asking for help. If you respect the person enough to ask for their help, respect their time enough to come prepared.
2) Bring somthing to the table.
So boom, you have a person in mind that you'd like to get in touch with. You have a million questions and requests of the person but you never stop to think about what you're bringing to the table. Don't discount the fact that you may not be the only person reaching out - which makes this point all the more important. Have something you could offer to that person in terms of time or skills that present your case like a potential asset than a time drain.
3) Come with it.
If it's an event dress and groom accordingly. Have business cards, your pitch, whatever you do ready to go. Even if it's just a video chat, it's not just a video chat. How you present yourself on the first time you have the opportunity to sell yourself is important and believe us, they will be judging.