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Networking is the process of gathering helpful information to research career paths and develop future job leads from personal contacts and 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.

Networking Tips

Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration’s Guide to the Informational Interview

Networking Contact List Template (Excel File)

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network that connects you to contacts and increases opportunities to network with professionals.

Career Scribe
CareerScribe is the free, online solution for managing your most valuable professional asset – your career.

Gad ball
GadBall is a website designed to help you develop and enhance your career. Here you can interact with others who do the same job as you, or who share similar interests.

Tweet My Jobs
TweetMyJOBS has quickly become the largest Twitter job board in the world, with 8,898 vertical job channels segmented by geography, job type, and industry.