BUILD A NETWORK
Many internships and jobs are found--directly and indirectly--through proactive networking. It's a valuable way to meet and connect with people in your field, gaining different perspectives along the way.
WHAT IS NETWORKING?
Networking can come in many different shapes and sizes. No matter how you network, all networking has one thing in common: it is about strategically reaching out and growing mutually beneficial relationships over time. Effective networking includes attending guest lectures on campus, reaching out on LinkedIn, or placing a call to a former supervisor.
Effective networking includes attending guest lectures on campus, reaching out on LinkedIn, or placing a call to a former supervisor.
ESTABLISHING YOUR NETWORK
You have more connections than you realize. Your family members, friends, neighbors, professors, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, coworkers, supervisors, and acquaintances are all part of your network. When conducting your internship or job search, reach out to them. You also never know who is in their network!
BUILDING YOUR NETWORK
Join campus student organizations and professional organizations in your industry. Attend events relevant to your career field or in the geographic location where you want to live. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation!
Join LinkedIn! Build a strong profile, complete with your experiences, then join ’CuseConnect and other groups relevant to your skills and interests. Connect with people and companies that you find interesting and send them a message to get the conversation started.
NETWORKING DOES NOT EQUAL JOB
Networking helps you get a job eventually. It requires effort and appropriateness; it is never okay to ask networking contacts for a job. Instead, use networking as a tool to gather advice and make an impression on someone. In due time, your networking will pay off and everything will fall into place.