Purposes of Networking

  • To gather information and advice about organizations or schools in which you have an interest
  • To ask for and receive help from members of your network about your approach to your job search and your application materials
  • To obtain referrals to other people who can give you additional helpful information

Sources of Contacts for Your Network

  • Faculty and other campus contacts
  • Current and former employers
  • Other students
  • Friends and family members
  • Current and former co-workers
  • Professional contacts

Steps in Building and Maintaining Your Network

  • Determine your career or educational objective
  • Prepare and circulate your job-search materials  among your network contacts
  • Communicate with people who can help you achieve your objective
  • Keep people in your network informed about your job-search status
  • Keep good records and update them frequently