Networking

You’ve heard the expression “it’s all about who you know.” That expression absolutely has some truth to it. But the real truth is, it’s not who you know right now, it’s also who you set out to meet.

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.

Why Network?

  • 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
  • LinkedIn
  • 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 careerservices@stonehill.edu.