Networking is the process of gathering helpful information to research career paths and develop future job leads from a personal contacts and actual professionals in your field of interest. Studies show that only 20% of jobs are actually posted—leaving 80% to be discovered or developed. Therefore, networking is the No. 1 way most people actually find a job or internship.
Strangers won’t put their reputations on the line for you. A relationship must be built first. A successful networker is someone who realizes the value in building and maintaining a strong networking relationship throughout their career, not just while exploring career options or during a job search. Making networking a regular practice will help you stay informed and connected in your field and ready to make a successful job change when necessary.
Informational interviews are excellent ways to explore your interest in a field and to build your contacts in a specific industry or at a specific organization. View the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration’s Guide to the Informational Interview for a detailed explanation.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network that connects you to contacts and increases opportunities to network with professionals. Create a profile to keep track of contacts you have made throughout college and to expand your network.
Networking is the process of gathering helpful information from a personal contacts and actual professionals in your field of interest. View the center’s Guide to Networking to help you get started.