According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics over 70% of all jobs are found through some form of 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. 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?
Get LinkedIn! LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn, join our LinkedIn group, University of Dubuque Center for Advising and Vocation, to connect with UD Alumni, faculty, and staff. Or, please contact UD's Alumni Office to assist with your connection to a UD Alum.
Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about networking best practices or attend a networking opportunity offered throughout the academic year.