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80%+ of Jobs are Filled Via 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)

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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  • 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


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


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.



Networking During the Holidays

The holiday season is the ultimate relationship-building time filled with company, industry, family, and friend gatherings. Are you using those opportunities to organically grow your own network?

In this webinar, we discuss how to use the holiday party and networking season to your advantage, steward existing and build new relationships. Watch here or below, and we'll see you at a future Chapman networking event!

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