Networking is about building/establishing relationships and contacts within the industry where you want to work.Â It requires good communication with practiced conversation skills. Statistics report as many as 95% of all jobs are found through networking. (Review the Networking document in Readings & Tools.)
Choose 2 of the 3 options below and report on them in your posts.
1.Â Â Â Â Traditional Networking
Contact a friend, family member or someone you know. Let them know you are looking for a job in ___________ field and ask if they are aware of any openings or if they could refer you to (a company, a supervisor or manager, even a web-site). Be sure to mention your qualifications without being overbearing.Â You will want to practice this more than once so that you begin to feel comfortable approaching people.
i.e. “I am nearly finished with my degree in __________ and I will be looking for work soon. I know you are employed at ___________ and I’m wondering if you are aware of any openings or if you know someone I might talk to about their employment possibilities.”
2.Â Â Â Â Professional Associations
Associations are useful tools to network with other professionals and keep updated on current trends and information in your career field. Find an association in your career field. Share with your classmates the following information:
How this association can help you in your career field
What is the website address and the cost to join?
3.Â Â Â Â Online Networking
LinkedIn is also a phenomenal way to start networking with people and building your own ‘professional brand’ online.
Use the “Get ‘LinkedIn`” document in Readings & ToolsÂ to set up an account and start networking online. Connect with other students, co-workers, and others that you know.
The more people who know you are looking for a job, the more connections are possible.
Report on your experience. How can networking activities assist you in your career? What benefits might you realize? How can your online presence both benefit and ‘potentially harm’ your career goals? What tips or suggestions might you give others about networking?