How did you get your job? I landed my position through a friend of a friend of a friend. Ever heard this one before? This scenario is an example of networking. Many people believe networking is all about using other people to get what you want. However, this is not the case. It is really about establishing relationships to help tap into a hidden employment market containing many unadvertised jobs and internships. Talking with people in your target field is the best way to explore your career options, gather information, and understand how to market yourself to potential employers. Regardless of the industry or type of position you are seeking, networking can significantly increase your chances of finding a great opportunity.
If you are like most college students, you may be uncomfortable with this job search method at first. You may feel as though you don't know anyone in the work world. You may be hesitant to begin calling people you've never met. You may be unsure about what to say when talking to a networking contact. Once you learn the basics of networking and start making a few contacts, you'll begin to see positive results and feel more comfortable with this job search strategy.
How Our Office Can Help
You are encouraged to meet with a Career Management Services advisor to discuss your specific networking efforts. The Alumni Affairs Office on campus is also an excellent resource for networking contacts.