Job Search Strategies
Job Search Facts
75-95% of jobs are never posted on websites or in newspapers. That means that you need to develop meaningful connections with company representatives. The act of making and maintaining these professional connections is called Networking. According to the Department of Labor, 60% of people find jobs through networking activities.
What is Networking and Why is it important?
- Networking is a process of building and maintaining relationships with professionals in your field of interest.
- Encourages you to develop and maintain a professional image and profile
- Helps you explore career options effectively
- Develops your employer research skills
- Refines your interviewing skills
- Provides you with industry-related professional advice
Who's in Your Network?
Everyone you know is in your network. From your English professor to your neighbor across the street, each person in your network knows a professional person with experience that can benefit you. Take a moment to list the people in your existing network here:
My Current Network Worksheet
Once you complete your worksheet, take time to define your purpose in contacting the people on your list. Use this Networking Etiquette Page to help you with this step:
How to Get Started
One of the most basic skills you need to develop as part of networking is the impromptu introduction. Sometimes called the Elevator Pitch or the 15-second introduction, this short introduction is used for unplanned meetings with professionals at community events, in the elevator, or in GRU dining hall. Check out this CareerSpot Video on the Elevator Pitch:
While to face meetings with professional contacts is an effective way to network, on-line networking is fast becoming the first contact made between professional contacts. So make sure that the first impression professionals have of you on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Linkedin is a positive one. Watch this video the hear and see why your on-line profile can determine your impact your acceptance into graduate school or your success as a job candidate.
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