6 reasons to go to the career center today

Reading Time: 4 minutes How the career center can help you get a job.

Are you LinkedIn? 6 reasons to set up a profile today

Reading Time: 4 minutes Creating and updating a LinkedIn profile is advantageous for students. Here’s how to make LinkedIn work for you.

Take the fear out of networking and make it work for you

Reading Time: 10 minutes Learn how to get over your fear of networking and make authentic connections to boost your career success, including a 60-second “elevator pitch”.

Know your networking needs

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The richest people in the world look for networks, and everyone else looks for work—or so it’s been said. Networking can help you find a job, a leadership position, an on-campus research opportunity, and more. But what is networking? The concept seems both obvious and abstract. And how should you do it?

What is networking?

Networking is interacting with others to exchange information and contacts. The most successful networkers build genuine relationships and give more than they receive.

Be warned: People can sense desperation a mile away. If you enter a situation with only one goal in mind (making a connection you can later use to your advantage), people will know.

Networking tips

  • Network before you need a network. Set the groundwork early with professors, supervisors (in jobs and internships), and other professionals on campus.
  • Don’t focus on your personal agenda.
  • Treat everyone respectfully. If you think someone is “just” a clerk or assistant, you risk getting a reputation for acting entitled.
  • Make two meaningful connections each semester. If you do that, you’ll have a bunch of contacts by the time you graduate.
  • Keep in touch! Be sure to keep in touch with your network: Ask what’s new with them and share your updates. Your contacts will remember you and can help make connections if something comes up.
  • Start building your profile on LinkedIn, and develop it through your student career by adding projects and relevant experiences.

Need more advice? These resources can help improve your networking skills.