Networking is the most important part of your job search. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 70% of jobs are found by candidates or filled by employers through networking, so it is critical that you develop and use this skill. It is one you will use throughout your life.
Open your networking conversations with a question that anyone could answer with a "Yes.": Would you share your experience? Would you be willing to give me some advice? For more ideas about how to network, go to our section on Informational Interviewing. We also recommend checking out our Linkedin for Job Search.
Use Networking To
- Explore careers, research industries, companies and specific jobs
- Build a community of people with whom you share professional interests
- Uncover job leads
- Gain advice on improving your chance of getting hired
Sources for your Network
- Family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, faculty, advisers, fellow students, coworkers
- Professional organizations in your field. To find professional organizations, try the ASAE.
- ARE YOU LINKEDIn? LinkedIn is the premiere professional networking site. Join for free and start connecting. See our LinkedIn page, join the Career Development group and attend a LinkedIn 101 workshop to learn how to create and build your profile.
- Husky Nation – There are more than 150,000 alumni listed, most of whom would love to help a fellow Husky. Juniors and Seniors can search the Alumni Mentor Network on the Husky Nation tab of myNEU. Alumni can access the Online Directory through Husky Nation on the Alumni Relations website.
What Is An Informational Interview?
An informational interview is a meeting with a professional in your areas/companies of interest, in which you ask them questions regarding their occupation and industry. It is an excellent way to research jobs and get personal insight from an industry expert.