Some career experts peg the number of jobs found through networking at 70-90 % (BU). Networking may sound intimidating, but it’s just another way to connect with people who can offer tips, advice, and contacts related to your job search. This leads to building a support group, and making friends with professionals with similar interests and goals. The more people you speak with, the more your name will spread, and the more likely word will echo back about potential opportunities. Here are some tips:
- Don’t forget that networking is a two-way street! Developing a network means people are willing to help you and that one day you help them in return. If anyone has been extremely helpful, send a simple thank you note or treat them to coffee. Also, don’t leave them hanging! If you get a position, let them know! Keep in touch, your network may be vital in your future professional development.
- Expand your network by joining professional associations (many have student rates). Look at our Diversity Resources and What Can I Do With A Major In… to find a professional association that works with your goals.
You can also make connections with employers by attending campus recruiting events such as employer information sessions or career expos. Check for upcoming events at Handshake.
Use this portal to connect with Brockport alumni, whether to keep network contacts with old classmates, or to look for a job opportunity working for a fellow Brockport graduate. Search for alumni who work at your target organizations and reach out to see if they would be willing to provide advice. Connecting with Brockport alumni can be one of the best approaches to networking. Golden Eagles have a lot of loyalty to Brockport and are typically happy to help students with networking and informational interviews.
Networking doesn’t only have to be in-person. Online networking is powerful too! LinkedIn can help you connect to people you know, as well as viewing their connections. This will build your network and increase potential job or internship opportunities. LinkedIn represents your values, skills, interests, experience, and personality. Fact: 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection.
Why use LinkedIn?
- Expand your professional network
- Create a professional presence online
- Post online resume that can advertise experiences
- Learn about various industries
Check out LinkedIn for Students if you’re just beginning your LinkedIn profile. It includes great tips and advice—from building a strong profile to networking online and searching for opportunities.