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The idea of networking can be intimidating and overwhelming. It is also a practice that can lead to career opportunities.


Consider the following resources as good places to start networking:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. The Career Center
  3. The Alumni Association
  4. Conduct informational interviews

1. LinkedIn

  • setup a profile, make connections and join groups
  • add your advisors, GSIs, professors and other mentors
  • explore the site to learn about new and different careers
  • talk to a counselor at the Career Center about how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile
  • be mindful of your social media presence across platforms (potential employers will google you, search for you on facebook, twitter, etc.)

2. Career Center

  • The Career Center has a number of networking resources
    • more on networking here
    • Use workshops, programs  and Career Fairs as networking opportunities. Attend these events having researched potential employers; bring your resume and prepare questions for, and ways to introduce yourself to, professional contacts

Carry the free business cards provided by The Alumni Association






3. The Alumni Association

  • Take advantage of the Alumni Association’s resources before you are an alum!
    • Review the alumni profiles on the Career Center website
    • Watch alumni interviews on youtube
    • Reach out to anyone whose work interests you and conduct an informational interview
    • Talk to alumni through the 30 minute mentors program
    • Attend networking events
    • Network online

The Alumni Association will provide you with free business cards


  1.  Conduct Informational Interviews

Informational interviewing is a great way to learn about an industry or job you may be interested in. They can be held in person or over the phone.

  • Use career center resources to help draft your questions
  • Ask your new contacts for advice related to job searching
  • Ask your new contacts about internship or volunteer opportunities with the organization
  • Look for internships at similar companies or for similar positions
  • Make sure to follow up with a thank you email
  • Connect with your new contacts on LinkedIn

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