Networking is all about talking to people you know, and those you meet, about your career goals and the types of opportunities you’re interested in. It can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Start with roommates, teammates, friends, relatives, advisors, coaches, professors and branch out from there.

Why do we recommend it? Because 70-80% of positions* are found through networking contacts. These conversations are not the place to ask for a job, but by building a network of professional connections you are more likely to hear about a position before it gets posted publicly.

Types of Networking

All networking can happen both virtually and in person; neither method is in inherently better or worse. Preference, convenience, location, or schedule might influence which you use for a given interaction.



Preparing for any formal or informational networking has four main components.

Follow Up

Professional follow up is a key part in turning a single conversation into an ongoing professional networking relationship.

  • Be Timely: Follow up with a thank-you note within 24 hours, by email.
  • Include Specifics: Refer to something valuable or interesting you learned in the meeting.
  • Build Connection: This is a great opportunity to ask to connect on LinkedIn if you haven’t already.
  • Report on Recommended Action: If you connect with one of their contacts or do something they recommended, let them know!


Next Steps

* Source: CNBCC, “How to get a job often comes down to one elite personal asset, and many people still don’t realize it” (December 2019)