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that networking is important for subsequent jobs as well.) If you are like many students, networking to learn about career options and job/internship leads is probably toward the bottom of your list of job-search tasks. Unfortunately, it may only emerge as important when you’ve exhausted your other options and desperation—or some twist of fate—forces you to try networking. The fact is, if you are like many students, you probably use networking skills more than you realize. For example, to choose classes, you read through the course catalog, ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations, read “student only” sites with feedback on speciﬁc courses and professors, and (hopefully) talk to your academic adviser. Your parents also might offer their thoughts. This is networking. It is a combination of research, conversation, and analysis.
eing a busy and slightly shy student, I found networking to be challenging, even when given speciﬁc recommendations for people with whom to connect. Ironically, my most important networking lesson came from a woman I had avoided contacting when I was a novice networker. Although I had shied away from reaching out to her, I came into contact with her through other means: I was assigned to work with her during an internship. Not only did she teach me much about the career I was considering, but she also introduced me to people who I needed to know in my ﬁeld—including one who eventually had a role in hiring me for my ﬁrst professional position. What I didn’t know as a student is that people generally like to help others, especially when you make it easy for them. Networking is among the most effective career development and job-search techniques. Many job seekers spend their time looking at job postings and want ads, but these seldom provide a complete job description. That’s where networking can play a role: Savvy students use networking to get the full story about organizations, positions, and career-growth opportunities. Not only can you use networking to ﬁnd jobs, but the information you learn through networking can help you craft your resume appropriately and give you an edge in the interview. (Although you are likely focused on your ﬁrst professional job, remember
Make networking part of your daily activities
You can easily make networking a part of your normal daily activities. For example, it’s likely you’re being asked by friends and relatives about your post-graduation plans.
This is a networking opportunity. Share details with them about fields or positions of interest to help them think of people they know who are doing similar work. Ask them to help you connect with these people, and then, follow through. (Uncertain about your intended career path? Not sure you can offer a clear answer to questions about what you want to do after graduation? Ask your career adviser to help you refine your interests and formulate a good response.)
Lisa Hinkley is Director of Career Services at Lake Forest College and regularly helps students develop productive networking skills through cold calling, “speed” networking, and other opportunities that present themselves in daily life.
Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students: 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices 2012 - Business
Job Choices 2012 - Business
Opportunities by Employers/Website Index
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
Starting a Successful Job Search
Strategies for Succeeding in a Competitive Job Market
The Networking Challenge
Making Career Fairs Work for You
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
USAJOBS Work for America
From Student to Professional
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Write the Right Resume for the Job You’re Seeking
A New Tool: QR Codes
Your Online Presence and Your Job Search
The Online Application
Secrets to Interview Success
Ready for a Webcam Interview?
Interviewing Tips and Types
How Good Are Your Interviewing Skills?
The Critical First Year on the Job
Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program
Going on to Grad School
Job Choices 2012 - Business