Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Networking

Build your network

Connecting with others is a powerful tool at any stage in your career. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 70% of all jobs are found through networking (career conversations).

The contacts you make can lead to future employment. Everyone has a network; it’s just a matter of thinking broadly and creatively about who is in it. This includes friends, family, neighbors, teachers/faculty (past or present), employers/coworkers (past or present) members of professional societies, employers who come to campus, alumni, etc. In addition, the ever-evolving world of social media has opened up countless new ways to network virtually.

Keep in mind, networking is a skill, and like most things, can be learned, practiced and improved over time. Download our Discovering Your Network worksheet to get started.

Conduct informational interviews

Have you ever wondered how someone gets that dream job? What route did that person take to be in that position? One of the best ways for you to learn about a particular job or company that interests you is to do an informational interview.

An information interview is a meeting that allows the interviewer to learn about a specific job type, career or company. Your interviewee can be anyone you want to learn more about or someone who can give you an insider's scoop. Informational interviews allow you to ask the questions you've always wondered about, from a professional who is working in an area that interests you. Download our Information Interview handout to get started. 

Craft your brand 

Networking and personal branding are more than just buzzwords in today's job market. Employers are increasingly using LinkedIn and other social media platforms as an avenue for learning more about job applicants and more notably to proactively identify potential employees.

Your social profile shoulds market your skills, achievements and results. Think of your profile as your resume: market yourself for the position you want, not the position you have. 

Begin by creating and/or updating your LinkedIn profile. Check out these tips! Next, go through your other social media accounts (FacebookInstagramTwitter, etc.), looking for potential red flags. Be sure to assess your digital presence (what happens if you Google yourself?). 


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