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Networking

» Networking: A Fancy Word for Relationships

It's not just about who you meet at a suited-up cocktail reception...

(although those connections are great, too)

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Your Network Includes...

Networking is about relationships. Everyone has a network- but not everyone can easily identify their network contacts. Here are some possible network contact sources.

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+ - Personal

  • Friends and relatives
  • Families of friends; friends of relatives
  • Relatives of friends
  • Neighbors
  • Fraternity/sorority members
  • Sports partners
  • Members of your service or professional or religious affiliation associations and clubs

+ - Professional

  • Previous and current employers/supervisors
  • Colleagues from previous jobs
  • Employers who visit campus for career fairs or information tables

+ - Educational

What is Networking?


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+ - What networking is

  • Networking is helping others (watch this The Art of Giving Back When Networking video clip from LinkedIn Learning Professional Networking course for details) 
  • Connecting with people and cultivating relationships
  • Exchanging information, resources, and support to create mutually beneficial relationships for personal and professional use
  • About achieving visibility
  • An opportunity to:
    • Put yourself out there!
    • Develop good listening skills
    • Practice your formal and informational interviewing skills
    • Be honest, tactful and ethical
    • Gain insight into the career and profession you are interested in
    • Practice your elevator pitch
    • Gain resume feedback

+ - What networking isn't

  • It is not all about “schmoozing.”
  • It is not about manipulating people to get hired.
  • It is not a quick fix. It is a long-term investment.
  • It is not asking for a job or using people. Students often hesitate to network because they feel awkward asking for help, but it is an essential part of your professional success.

+ - When networking is done right...

  • You obtain valuable advice and support
  • Leads to access to insider information about companies and jobs before advertised
  • Network contacts may assist you with navigating the job search process

Networking Activities


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+ - Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are not job interviews. It is about people helping people, and a unique form of networking between two people. An informational interview provides you with insider insight. One person is working in a certain industry or field, and the other person is looking to learn more about the industry, field, career path, or employer.

 

 

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