Build Your Network
Now it’s time to start connecting with other professionals in your field and building your professional network. Remember: 80% of jobs are found through networking!
Interview people working in the field you are most interested in to find out more about their career, how they got started, and what they can recommend to you. This is a great way to start building relationships! To find and connect with people you might want to interview:
- Use contacts through professional associations and online networking
- Ask professors, family, and friends for leads
- Go directly to an organization’s website for contact information
Professional Associations/Professional Journals
Many of these associations have job listings and are also a good way to network with people working in a career field that interests you. Find local branches, join, and become active! Check out these two websites for listings of associations by career field.
Listservs, blogs, and emails, are generated by many sources including academic departments, yahoo groups, professional associations etc., and are a great way to tap into career information and job listings.
Online Social Networking
There are a number of online networking websites where you can make great professional contacts.