Learn to Network
Networking is all about making connections and building relationships. To grow your network, reach out to your circle of friends, family, professors, previous employers and Eastern Alumni. Networking isn’t about schmoozing or begging for a job. Remember, networking is about making and fostering connections to:
- gain information and advice about a career field, industry or organization,
- learn more about possible job opportunities,
- connect with more people who are doing the things you want to do, and
- tell people more about yourself and your career aspirations.
Why is Networking Important?
On average, more than 80% of jobs are not posted online. Your network becomes a vital tool in discovering the “hidden job market” Everyone you come in contact with, either face-to-face or on-line, becomes a resource. One effective way to expand your network is through LinkedIn. Find Eastern Alumni, internship and job opportunities, all on LinkedIn. Not using LinkedIn yet? Consider setting up your profile today. Our office provides a helpful guide to get you started.
Building your network takes time. Identify ways to grow your contacts; set specific, attainable goals. This can be as simple as connecting with one Eastern Alumni on LinkedIn each week or attending our career development workshops and events. Prepare your “elevator pitch” and practice it on people. You want a short, 2-3 sentence introduction that compels the listener to learn more about you.
Start expanding your network right now by connecting with us online: