Expand Your Network / Mentor

What is Networking?

Networking is the ongoing process of building professional connection and relationships, connecting with people in your field of interest, and another way to find job and internship opportunities. Career professionals report that up to 75 percent of job openings are never advertised, so networking is a crucial element to job searching. These connections can happen in a casual environment, a professional setting or at formally-structured networking events.

As a student, you already have a network of peers you are connected with. You can start here to connect with people who have similar interests and create skills you will use throughout your life and career. Other examples of networking are:

  • joining student organizations
  • discussing career and job opportunities with friends, family, coworkers, and other professional connections
  • connecting with alumni through Handshake or LinkedIn
  • attending professors’ office hours and connecting with class speakers
  • participate in informational interviews with those in your career path
  • job shadowing individuals who are currently doing the work you are interested in
  • attended events (such as job and internship fairs) or conferences that allow you to meet new people – check out our events page on Handshake to find and register for upcoming opportunities to network
  • joining mentoring groups (both on-campus and community-based)

Self Guides

Optimize Your LinkedIn: This is a self pace guide that will walk you through the process of how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. We will cover the following:

  • Crafting a strong Headline and About Section
  • Other Important Features such as Open to Work
  • Checklist of all things to tackle to land that job

Featured Articles

Corporate Jargon Gen Z Should Know

There’s enough to worry about when entering the workforce: What are my responsibilities? Am I capable enough to do this job? Will my manager like me? Corporate jargon shouldn’t add to your stress. From terms like “bandwidth” to acronyms like …

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How to stand out to senior people | Squiggly Careers E334

Squiggly Careers Podcast Episode 334 – PodSummary
Listen now: https://link.chtbl.com/Vv7L11cy

In this episode, Helen and Sarah talk about the role that senior people play in your career development and what you can do to make sure you stand out…🌟

They …

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What is Job Shadowing? Definition, Benefits, and How to Set It Up

The job search is exciting because there are so many options for what you can do — but for the same reason, it can also be overwhelming. How can you figure out what you want to do if you don’t know …

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Career.io Four Ways To Get Meetings

Does the thought of networking make you break out in a cold sweat? 😰 Networking can be an effective tool in your job search—but it’s not the only one. If you’re struggling to get meetings with employers, it’s worth learning how …

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Gen Z: Hugely Stressed But Believing in a Better Future

Gen Z: Hugely Stressed But Believing In A Better Future

by Mark C. Perna | Mar 19, 2024,06:00pm EDT

Many young people are confident about the future—but they still need guidance at work. Here’s some advice on finding the right mentor …

By Mark C. Perna
Mark C. Perna
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Career Resources

We get it – networking events can feel intimidating! Walking into a room full of unfamiliar faces, trying to strike up …

Recruiters pay thousands of dollars for powerful LinkedIn search tools that highlight candidates based on hyper-specific keywords and algorithms. Hiring …

Why attend a job fair?

Job fairs are the perfect way to meet face-to-face with employers and recruiters rather than …

What does social media have to do with your career? Well, sometimes everything. From some schools who are making LinkedIn …

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