Networking Assistance

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics OVER 70% OF ALL JOBS ARE FOUND THROUGH SOME FORM OF NETWORKING!

What is networking? Networking is the process of developing and maintaining contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career. 

What networking is NOT:  Asking contacts for jobs or internships, bombarding employers with unprofessional questions, or being inconsiderate to an employer.

Why does networking matter?  Networking can keep you engaged in career field dialogue, which can help you in an interview.  Also, networking can provide you a sense of awareness regarding potential job/internship openings before they are published. Finally, employers are more likely to recommend a candidate if they already have built a relationship through networking.

Who should I network with?   Essentially....EVERYONE!   Every conversation you have could potentially be considered a form of networking. Networks you may already have: friends, family, supervisors, co-workers, faculty, campus staff, classmates, coaches, organization/club members, etc..   Networks to consider developing: Connecting with UD Alumni, joining professional affiliations, attending career fairs, volunteering, joining campus clubs & organizations, obtaining an internship, or participating in a job shadow.

Want to learn more about networking? Check out the following links: 

Want tips for how to successfully navigate networking in the world of work? Check out the "Career Advice" tab and search through over 40 articles dedicated to networking techniques and suggestions.  

To Access Career Insider, click here and create an account with your UD email.

*Special Note: The Career Insider is only available to current UD students with a current UD email address.


Get Linked In! Linked In is the world's largest professional online network with over 55 million members. Think of it like Facebook for professionals! Once you get connected to Linked In, join our Linked In group called University of Dubuque Career Services  to connect with UD Alumni, faculty, and staff. Or, please contact UD's Alumni Office to assist with your connection to a UD Alum.  For more information, click here to watch a YouTube video on the benefits of Linked In


Learn Your Networking Style Understanding what networking style works best for you is key to successful networking. Learn how to make the most of a networking experience. Article provided by Gina Anselmo & Michael Elias, 2010, "Authentic Networking".


Networking 101: Learn more about networking, uncovering the hidden job market.

Build Your Network at UD

UD's Career Services offers several networking opportunities on-campus and promotes off-campus opportunties throughout the academic year.

Calendar of Events  Promoting career development and exploratory learning, as well as, networking opportunities on and off-campus.   

Job Shadow Program Student Packet: Want to know if a career is right for you? Then schedule a time to sit down to talk with a professional in your field of interest to learn more about their career and what advice they have for someone interested in their career field.

UD's FYP Chapter:  Want to refine your professional development skills, network with professionals in the Dubuque area, and develop your resume? Then consider joining UD's Future Young Professionals organization! 

Future Young Profesionals is an affliate with the Young Professionals of Dubuque, an organization designed for connecting professional-minded individuals.  UD's FYP Chapter provides meetings and events.  UD's Career Services provides a co-advisor to this student organization.

5 Ways to Network this Week!

  1. Join LinkedIn
  2. Get connected with a UD Alum.
  3. Ask family and friends for contacts.
  4. Start social branding yourself.
  5. Create a business card.



Mock Interview Program Enhancing interview skill development, resume & cover letter critique, as well as, networking opportunities for students.  

Want more advice on how to Network? Check out the Additional Resource Page for more information.