It is often said that a large percentage of job seekers find positions through networking, but it is hard to know what that means and how to get started. Networking is about building relationships, especially through gaining knowledge and advice.
- It is not about using someone to get a job. Networking can help you at whatever point you are in your career exploration or job or internship search.
- The process of networking starts with your built-in network, family and friends.
- An informational interview, the basic unit of networking, gives you the opportunity to ask a professional a set of questions and to articulate and clarify your skills, interests, and experiences. (see steps and tips for informational interviewing)
- Networking requires preparation, research, outreach and follow-up, beyond the actual conversation. (track outreach using this spreadsheet)
- You can expand your network by reaching out through the My Hamilton Connect alumni directory. If you are a first-year or a sophomore, to gain access to the My Hamilton Connect alumni directory you must:
- Attend Explore 101: Career Options
- Attend Explore 201: Networking*
- Meet with a Peer Advisor to have your networking outreach email approved. To make an appointment with a Peer Advisor, please call the front desk.
If you are a junior or a senior:
- Attend Explore 201: Networking
These workshops are offered often, and you must sign up via Handshake to reserve your spot.
*Explore 101 is a required prerequisite for first years and sophomores.