Networking is a buzzword that’s everywhere these days. You may wonder what it really means and how do you do it.
Networking is as simple as meeting new friends and then meeting their friends. In the case of professional networking, you want to meet people who have the power to give you a job. And they really want to meet you, because they want to hire you. People hire people they know and trust. Always be ready for that opportunity.
Even in this digital world, personal connections are still powerful. That's why thousands of company representatives come to campus during CareerFEST and Career Fair time. They travel a long way just to meet you!
Personal Introduction Guide
First: Develop your personal introduction so you're always ready to meet new people - they might be someone who has the power to give you a job, or connect you with someone else who does.
Network On Campus
- CareerFEST Industry Days, Career Fair Cookout, Tailgate Party
- Professional development events, including the Etiquette Dinner, Evening with Industry, Career Services presentations
- Become a Career Services Career Ambassador
- Company information sessions and meet-and-greets
- Professors and campus staff
- Student org industry panel and presentations
Network Away From Campus
Tell as many people as you can that you’re looking for a job: your family, extended family, friends, neighbors, fraternity or sorority, acquaintances, former teachers, coaches, bosses, co-workers—anyone and everyone. It may seem a bit awkward, but why wouldn't you be looking for a job- that's why you're going to college, right?! They'll be impressed that you're taking action and will share the news with others. That's how networking works.
Then, intentionally ask others to introduce you to specific people who work at a company or in an industry you’re targeting. Be open—meet and speak with lots of different people—you never know how a connection might help you land a job.
- LinkedIn - and even Facebook and Twitter
- Informational interviews and job shadowing
- National and regional professional organizations and conferences
- Michigan Tech Alumni Relations
- Your Fraternity/Sorority or Student Organizations alumni
Be Ready, When It Works!
- Updated résumé
- Professional interview attire
- Confident interview skills (detailed stories about your experiences)