The Art of Networking
Networking is one of the most important tools that job or internship seekers need to master. Since a majority of communication openings are never posted, knowing how to find the “hidden” job market is crucial. A career network provides support, suggestions, advice and leads.
COM Networking Resources
- COM Alumni Networking Group (COM Connection on LinkedIn)
- Seminar – networking using LinkedIn
- Networking Reception at the Castle (annual events held each Fall and Spring)
Networking is essential to your job search and to your career. The idea is to develop a network of people who share information to help each other. It is the best strategy for finding the hidden job market.
Since most jobs are not posted, you must develop working relationships with people who can offer you information that will lead to job openings, perhaps even introduce you to the person who hiring. There is truth in, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”
Networking has other benefits. You are creating a community of people who provide emotional support and information that will help each other. You will also learn about new positions appropriate for your skill sets and experience.
- Networking is a planned and ongoing effort
- Set goals and develop strategies for achieving them
- Evaluate how well your plan is working, and make changes as necessary
- Plan to network long-term – It is something that you do throughout your career
- Join professional associations and attend regular meetings
- Network with friends, former co-workers, and people you meet from day-to-day
- A good network has a healthy mix of both business and social contacts
- Practice networking etiquette