Networking is the important professional process of developing and maintaining relationships. Networking allows you to learn about people and their careers. It can also be incredibly valuable for landing a position with an organization you are interested in.
- 80% of jobs are found through networking
- Talking to people and listening to their experiences is one of the BEST ways to learn about different careers and options
- It’s WAY more effective than job searching alone
- You can learn a lot about what you want to do (or don’t want to do!)
- A networking relationship built now will become stronger over time
- Only 5 to 25 percent of jobs are advertised
- Can help you with your current goal AND future goals
- Your connections may recommend classes to take or experiences to get now (internships, part-time jobs, research opportunities, etc.)
Identify and Build a Network
Whether you know it or not, you already HAVE a network. The first step is identifying who you already know who can be of assistance. This list can include relatives, friends and neighbors; previous employers, teachers or volunteer supervisors; your fellow Stonehill students or your friend’s parents. The identification of who you know is an important first step.
The next step is building a network – and this step never ends. You’ll start this process now but will likely continue to develop connections for your entire professional career.
To get started building a network while a Stonehill College student you’ll use:
- Professional Associations (example: the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Public Relations Society of America)
- The Career Connection Mentor Database
- Career Services networking events (industry lunches, career or service fairs, employer/alumni panels)
Still have questions?
Reach out to the Office of Career Services for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.