Networking generally refers to the process of developing and maintaining professional contacts. When it comes to the job hunt, the more people you can connect with in the course of your job search, the broader your network, and the more likely you'll find the job you truly want. Networking comes down to talking and listening to people and building relationships.
- Help you focus on your choice of major or career- by speaking to those in your field of interest.
- Give you advice about your job search: How to connect with industry professionals? What resume is best for a particular job? Where to find job leads?
- Confirm your choice of career - learn about the pros and cons from those in the field.
- Practice your interviewing techniques - you will have an informal opportunity to explain your career goals by talking to a variety of contacts.
- Help you locate opportunities in your field such as freelance projects, performance gigs
- Learn more about a specific organization or employer
To begin a network you need to let people you are close to know that you are job hunting. Any contact within an organization is a starting point. That person will be able to connect you to someone else who might give you the name of the individual in a decision-making position.
Resources for Developing Networking Leads
Traditional Networking: For job searchers, everyone in your life can become a potential networking contact. It is also important to take to extra step to reach out to potential contacts. Some ways to reach out are:
- Start close to home: Let those in your life know that you are looking and what you are looking for: Friends/Family; Professors/Faculty; Community Members
- Former Employers/Co-workers: Stay in touch with past supervisors and co-workers.
- Professional Organizations: To view associations by career area visit our Majors and Careers pages.
- Purchase JobScore Employers: Under "employers" you can search for all contacts in Purchase JobScore.
- Networking Events: Attend events that are focused on building connections. Search for events on-line, through professional organizations, through Purchase College and on industry/job search websites.
- Additional Information on Networking
Professional networking sites such as LinkedIn allow you to network on-line.
- LinkedIn allows you to connect to past and present colleagues and classmates, join groups by interest area or affiliation, and maintain your network of contacts.
- Social networking sites (like Facebook) can also be used to maintain contacts and network, as well as join groups; such as the Purchase College Alumni Association on Facebook.
- View more details on connecting through social media.
- Just be sure if you are using social networking sites to network, that your on-line presence is professional!
Informational Interviews offer a good venue for career opportunity research. They can result in getting your “foot in the door”. If you are interested in a specific field, but you are not sure what is involved, or how to break in, an informational interview with a professional is a great place to start. By arranging informational interviews, you will begin to clarify what you have to offer an employer and be able to develop a presentation style
Learn more about Informational Interviews!
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