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.

Start with asking family, friends, advisors, and professors, and people you have worked with who know your work style. Let them know you are looking for employment and ask if they know of anyone who is hiring. If you are interested in a specific field, try asking your faculty instructors in that field. For example, if you are looking for employment related to social work or social services, ask your Behavioral Sciences faculty at COM for recommendations of organizations to reach out to.

Once you have your primary network established, ask them if they can introduce you to, or give you contact information for, employers who are in your field of interest. This will expand your network and introduce you to employment opportunities you may not have known about otherwise.

Other ways to network include creating a linkedin profile and attending job fairs. There are resources in the Transfer and Career Center to help you create a linkedin profile that is professional and appropriate for your search. And job fairs are not only great places to find a job, but also to build up your professional network.