Network and Connect
Networking generally refers to the process of developing and maintaining professional contacts. That sometimes overused term “it’s who you know” still rings true with the great value in building and maintaining a network of contacts. The more individuals you connect with during your job or internship search, the broader your network, and the more likely you’ll find the opportunity you truly want. Networking is all about building relationships by talking with and listening to people.
The Key to Networking is Follow-up!
- Help you focus on your choice of major or career- by speaking to those in your field of interest.
- Confirm your choice of career - learn about the pros and cons from those in the field.
- Offer you advice about your job search.
- Practice your interviewing techniques - you will have an informal opportunity to explain your career goals by speaking with a variety of contacts.
- Allow you to expand and locate opportunities in your field.
- Learn more about a specific organization or employer.
Purchase Alumni Mentor Network
Connect with alumni professionals through the Purchase Alumni Mentor Network, by Firsthand. In partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement, this exciting mentoring/ networking platform offers an insider’s look where students can connect with enthusiastic and experienced alumni who are working in a wide range of industries. Learn more here!
LinkedIn allows students a place to start a professional career story, by creating a profile where professionals can find you and you can find them. Students use LinkedIn as a place to engage with professionals, explore careers, connect with Purchase alumni , launch a job or internship search as well as highlight and build “a living resume”. Your profile highlights professional/academic accomplishments and skills. We invite you to join the Purchase College, SUNY - Career Development group.
Visit LinkedIn for Students to access videos and tip sheets on perfecting your profile, job searching, networking, connecting to professionals and more.
View employers who have hired employees by major. Learn details about companies and organizations that may interest you. Sign up for a free Buzzfile account to create lists and save favorites.
Platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media can also be used as a tool to create a professional online presence and a personal brand while connecting with people, organizations, and opportunities. Be sure to actively engage with those you follow/follow you and post regularly.