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​​​​​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 (Per​formanced 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: 

 


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