Meet Industry Professionals

While most companies advertise job openings on the internet, many people learn about positions through someone they know. Networking may seem intimidating, but the process can be quite simple.  Start with people you are closest to like your friends and family. Ask them if they know anyone in your industry or the company you want to work with. You’ll be amazed how fast your network grows and how willing people are to help. Ask each person you meet for another contact. Set up appointments with your contacts to learn more about their job or company. Remember, you aren’t asking for a job – just information and advice. Here are a few resources to help you along:

Informational Interviews – They aren’t just for class assignments

How to Avoid the 13 Biggest Networking Mistakes

Networking 101

Internet Privacy Checklist – Online information that may be seen by employers

Email Etiquette – Avoid these common email mistakes

Facebook and the Job Market – Know how to protect your electronic image

PackNet – Database of CALS alumni who have posted career profiles and contact information; These are great people to ask for job search advice

LinkedIn – Start networking online! Use this resource to find new contacts; Remember, nothing is more valuable than a face-to-face meeting

Who or What is a Contact?

 

Career Fair Help

Elevator Speech Score Card

How to Prepare for a Career Fair

Dos and Don’ts – What to do, what not to do, and questions to ask

Career Expo Tips and Checklist – Make sure you are prepared and know what to do at the Expo!