This week’s question: How do I get into contact with specific companies within an industry?
That is a great question! Networking with employers in a specific industry is a perfect way to gain contacts and prospective job opportunities. There are many ways to create these networks:
1. Social Media – LinkedIn
When you are trying to expand your network, LinkedIn is a great place to start! You can begin by exploring employees at specific companies of interest. Companies will have their employees listed and you can search by their position title, location, and where they studied. If you are wanting an internship or even full-time position, send individuals fitting your interests a message asking to connect and any specific questions you have. Reaching out too recruiters is a great way to get your resume out there as well!
Another way to create a network on LinkedIn is through the alumni tool. If you are looking to see what the people who graduated with your major are doing or where they are living after graduating you can reach out to them through a private message. Most people love to talk about their work, if they are passionate about their field! The worst that can happen is they say no or don’t respond. It never hurts to reach out and take that chance!
2. Career Expos
Career expos are always a great opportunity to build contacts with specific employers within a company. The NDSU Career Expos are not limited to students, alumni are free to attend as well. Whether you are searching for an internship or full-time position, employers love to see what students are accomplishing and make connections with them. A LOT of previous alumni will attend the expos as recruiters searching for NDSU students specifically because they know how great NDSU programs and graduating students are!
3. Job Searching Websites
When you are searching on CAREERLINK, Indeed, Monster or another job board and find a company of interest, reach out and ask more about the position. Informational interviews are always an option to gain knowledge about the company and specifics of the positions you are interested in.
Of course reaching out to your friends and family to see if they have any connections at a company is an option as well. The one thing to keep in mind is these experiences can often be a more laid back application style and getting the details of the position in writing is important. The information can be sent through an email or by hand, but that way you have proof of the interaction.
5. Cold Calling
Lastly, you can always call or email companies to see if they have any positions open or to speak with their recruitment office. You never know what a phone call will bring!
That concludes this week’s blog. Please write your questions on the lower, right side of the main page of our website!
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