- Talk to the obvious people (your family, former co-workers, faculty, advisors) as well as people you wouldn't normally include in your job search (your doctor, dentist, clergy, hairdresser). Use the Building a Network worksheet to get started.
- Professional associations often have student chapters and membership rates. Association meetings are a great way to make contacts.
- Always be aware of how you act and what you say, both online and in person. You never know when there is a potential contact right in front of you.
- Prepare your one-minute elevator pitch and if a conversation lends itself, speak up and let people know that you are in the job market.
- Don't let fear stop you from reaching out. Instead of thinking, “I don't want to impose on others.”, think, “Every contact I make brings me closer to my job.”
create a strong LinkedIn profile
- LinkedIn is the leading social media website for career and job search networking.
» Locate KSU alumni in LinkedIn to find out where they live, work and what they do.
» Join LinkedIn by creating a free personal account. Build your network by requesting to connect with coworkers, classmates, friends, faculty, and professionals in your field.
» Join career-specific groups with professionals in your areas of interest by going to the search bar in LinkedIn and choosing the "Groups" option. Type in the group name and select "Join Group".