Learn to Network
Networking is all about making connections and building relationships. To grow your network, reach out to your circle of friends, family, professors, previous employers and Eastern Alumni. Remember, networking isn’t about schmoozing or begging for a job. Networking is about making connections to:
- gain information and advice about a career field, industry or organization,
- learn more about possible job opportunities,
- connect with more people who are doing the things you want to do, and
- tell people more about yourself and your career aspirations.
Why is Networking Important?
More than 80% of jobs are not posted online and are obtained through networking. Networking plays a critical role in your job search, by accessing this “hidden job market”.
Direct contact with people, either face-to-face or through LinkedIn, is one of the most effective ways to expand your network, learn about careers and find internship and job opportunities. Additionally, many employers are now searching for candidates directly on LinkedIn, so if you are not actively using LinkedIn in your job search, you should add it to your strategic job search plan.
It is important as you begin to network as part of your job or internship search that you set specific, attainable goals. Determine who you want to meet, where you might meet them, and then prepare your “elevator pitch”. Compose a 2-3 sentence introduction that compels the listener to learn more about you.
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