Networking

The vast majority of job seekers find jobs through personal contacts. Networking is about knowing people and meeting new people who can vouch for your past performance and connect you with new people who may have job opportunities for you. Initially, you may feel uncomfortable asking others for help in finding a job, but remember that most people are flattered to be considered a resource. Making the series of contacts necessary to find the ideal position isn’t easy. You need to be friendly and persistent in your search, and sure of the type of job you are seeking.

 

How to Prepare for a Networking Event
  • Do your research
  • Dress appropriately
  • Prepare a resume/CV to take, if appropriate
  • Develop a business card, if appropriate. Business cards should include contact information: name, phone and email. Cards can also include anticipated year of graduation, web URL, areas of focus, and other pertinent information
When Does Networking Happen?
  • In day-to-day life, with family or friends in casual conversation (i.e. at family gatherings or social activities)
  • Internship and Career Fairs
  • Talk with faculty members if you are seeking work in their field of expertise
  • Company information sessions and events
  • Informational interviews
  • Professional association meetings or events
  • Online networking (such as LinkedIn)
  • Networking meetings or events (i.e. mixers or industry dinners)
  • Clubs and organizations
  • In the workplace with coworkers, supervisors, or company events