Networking - Part 1

Networking

You’re probably sick of hearing about the importance of networking, but the fact remains that it is the #1 way in which people find new jobs.  Networking is an inescapable fact of job searching, but it doesn’t have to be painful.

You’re Already Doing It

The key thing to remember about networking is that everyone does it.  Every time you make a new friend, talk to a professor, or even just chat up the grocery store clerk, you are networking.  In the job search context, networking simply means taking these natural connections a step further.

Be Yourself

Many people are put off by the word networking because they think of it as trolling amongst strangers looking for jobs, but nothing could be further from the truth.  While the ultimate goal of networking in the job search context is, of course, landing a job, the key to good networking isn’t putting on an act amongst strangers but rather being yourself and making your social connections, both new and old, work for you.

To learn more about how and why to network, please attend “Networking in your Comfort Zone” on Thursday, August 30 at Noon in room 175.  Find out how other students have been successful at networking and take their advice to create an effective networking strategy of your own.