Eighty-five percent of all jobs are filled through private contacts and referrals with as few as three percent of all job vacancies being advertised publicly. A successful job search requires that you develop an extensive professional network to connect with unadvertised employment opportunities.
Identify Your Current Network
Your network can include any individuals you know personally or professionally. This includes:
- Friends and family (including their friends)
- Co-workers and employers (past and present)
- Classmates, instructors and neighbors
- Individuals from your religious organization, sports league, volunteer association or other social group
Strategies for Expanding Your Network
Building a strong, wide spectrum of professional associations through shared interests, memberships and initiatives provides you the backing and support needed when seeking a job. Expand your network by:
- Joining professional associations
- Making the most of career/job fairs
- Participating in internships and/or job shadow experiences
- Attending the business etiquette dinner
- Utilizing professional social networking tools, such as LinkedIn
For more information on identifying and expanding your network, download the Networking Tips Handout.
- LinkedIn for Students: Resources to help you get started on LinkedIn and learn the benefits of having a LinkedIn profile and presence.
- LinkedIn Profile Checklist
- LinkedIn YouTube Channel: Videos designed to help you learn how to harness the power of LinkedIn.
- LinkedIn Etiquette Guide
- Build a Professional Profile on LinkedIn
- Conduct Essential Employer Research on LinkedIn
- Networking Professionally Online Using LinkedIn
- Job Hunting Tips on LinkedIn
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