What is networking?
Networking is the intentional process of connecting with individuals in your desired or prospective career field. In its simplest form, it involves having a “career conversation” with someone for the purpose of exploring careers or job searching to help you answer important career-related questions.
Networking has the potential to help you:
- Explore careers and jobs
- Find a job
In fact, networking is essential to your job search. A study found that 85% of respondents got their current job through networking of some sort (Performanced Based Hiring, 2016).
What are ways to network?
- Attend Employer Recruiting Events
- Career/Job Fairs
- Company Information Sessions
- On-Campus Recruitment Events
- Networking Events
- Create a LinkedIn account to connect with alumni or professionals
- Get Involved
- Join a Professional Association
- Join an on-campus student club/organization
- Attend off-campus networking events or Meet-Ups
- Seek Mentorship
- Conduct Informational Interviews
- Connect with Faculty
- Use your personal networks
Watch this video for some additional tips and strategies for networking: