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f you take part in social networking sites, you probably have a pretty good idea of how networking can enhance your personal life. But, if you’re like many new college graduates, you’re probably not as comfortable about incorporating networking into your job search. Despite your discomfort, you need to incorporate networking into your job search: Especially in a competitive job market, networking could be what helps you land a job. In fact, many jobs are ﬁlled before they are even advertised—ﬁlled by people who learned about the opportunity before it was formally announced. What is networking when it comes to the job search? It’s not about using people. Just as you look to build personal relationships through social networks, you want to build relationships to foster your professional life. These relationships can help you not only in your current job search but down the road as you build your career. Networking is not one-sided: It works both ways. You offer assistance to others just as they offer assistance to you. Perhaps the easiest way to think about networking is to see it as an extension of being friendly, outgoing, and active. Here are some tips for building and maintaining a healthy network:
For Your Job Search
Networking could be what helps you land a job.
4. Volunteer at a local museum, theater, homeless shelter— anywhere that even remotely relates to your ﬁeld of study.
By volunteering, you’ll not only learn about your chosen ﬁeld ﬁrsthand, you’ll also be able to connect with people who are in the ﬁeld.
5. Speak to company representatives at career fairs, even if you’re not ready to look for a job.
Be up front that you’re not currently in the job market and don’t take a lot of the representative’s time, but touching base with a potential employer now can help you down the road when you are ready.
1. Make a list of everyone you know— and people they know—and identify how they could help you gather career information or experience.
Who do you know at school? Professors, friends, and even friends’ parents can all be helpful contacts. Did you hold a part-time job? Volunteer? Serve an internship? Think about the people you came into contact with there.
6. Attend company information sessions at your college and talk one-on-one to the recruiters who run them. 7. Schedule informational interviews with people who can tell you about their careers.
It’s best to ask to meet in person or by phone for a short interview, and don’t immediately start asking “How can you help me?” Plan your questions ahead of time, focusing on how the company works and how the person shaped his or her career path.
2. Sign up for an alumni mentoring program.
Many colleges offer such programs, and they are a great way to build relationships.
3. Join the campus chapter of a professional society that relates to your career choice.
In many ways, a professional society is an instant network: You’ll be with others who have the same general career interest. Plus, you may be able to learn more about your ﬁeld from them. For example, you may be able to learn about the ﬁeld and potential employers from others who share their internship experiences.
8. Remember to be courteous and tactful in all your conversations, to send thank-you notes to people who help you, and to ﬁnd ways to help others as well.
Don’t drop your network once you’ve gotten a job. Nurture the relationships you’ve built and look for opportunities to build new connections throughout your career. Getting started might be uncomfortable, but with time and practice, networking will be second nature.
Job Choices: Diversity Edition 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices 2012 - Diversity Edition
Job Choices 2012
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
Getting the Most Out of Your Job Search
From classroom to question mark
Reality check: Salaries for new graduates
4 Steps to Career Fair Success
Network for Your Job Search
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
From Student to Professional
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Leader of the Pack
The Interview: Connecting Your Qualifi cations To the Employer’s Needs
Dressing for the interview
The behavior-based interview
Questions to ask in the interview
Tips for becoming a video interview star
USAJOBS: Work for America
The Critical First Year on the Job
Adapting to Corporate Culture
Selecting and Cultivating a Mentor
Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program
Going on to Grad School
Job Choices 2012 - Diversity Edition