Networking has been, and continues to be, one of the most important activities one should learn and master for his/her current and future job searches. It is less expensive for employers to recruit via their networks, and typically less time consuming, so they are relying more and more on their employees to provide good candidates via their personal networks. The ability to successfully network can be critical in the job search process and can also be beneficial throughout the interview process.
- Make a list of family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, student organization members, etc. that you can visit with about your career interests.
- Get active in community events, such as service projects, to meet other professionals in a casual setting and demonstrate some of your skills to them.
- Participate in career fairs early in your college career to make professional contacts that may be useful when you begin your job search.