- 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 professional 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.”
LinkedIn and other Social Media
- LinkedIn is the leading social media website for career and job search networking. To join, first create a free personal account on LinkedIn.
» To build your network, request to connect with coworkers, classmates, friends, faculty, and professionals in your field.
» Join career-specific groups in your areas of interest where you can engage in conversations regarding careers with other professionals. To join a group, log in to your LinkedIn account, go to the search bar on the top of the screen, choose the "Groups" option. Type in the group name and select "Join Group".
» Be sure to update "Group Settings" to receive a weekly digest email so that you can stay up-to-date with current discussions about careers.
- Network through other social media, emails, and phone calls to maintain and build your list of contacts.