Networking is a great way to build your web of contacts that can help support you on your professional development journey. Networking does not come easily for everyone, and for many, it requires breaking out of one’s comfort zone. New to networking? We can help!
The action of meeting new people and speaking with others both inside and outside of your normal social circle. Networking is not only a conversation with an exchange of information, it’s the creation of a professional relationship that needs to continue to be fostered in order to mutually benefit one another.
You may already have a large professional network and not even know it! Does your roommate’s parent work for a law firm that you have always admired? Do you hear a professor speak highly of their time as a nurse at a renowned local hospital? If so, your professional network is already under way! Continue brainstorming using this worksheet.
An informational interview is an informal conversation and Q&A between you and the employee of a desired company or field of industry. It can help you understand how the field is doing, tips on how to search for a career in the field, learn the daily tasks of the job, and other detailed information about that position or field. View sample questions.
A career fair is a great place to network with companies and fellow peers on a large scale. It’s an opportunity to gather information, pamphlets, and business cards of recruiters so that you can follow-up with them after the event. Learn more.