Although many companies use the Internet to advertise their positions, most people still find jobs through someone that they know. Networking may seem intimidating, but it's a lot easier than you think it is. Start with the people you are closest to like your friends and family. Ask them if they know anyone in your industry or the company you want to work for. You'll be amazed at how fast your network grows and how willing people are to help you. Ask each person that you meet for another contact. Set up appointments with your contacts to learn more about their job or company. Remember, you aren't asking for a job - just information and advice. Here are a few resources to help you along:
Informational Interviews - They aren't just for class assignments
How to Avoid the 13 Biggest Networking Mistakes
Internet Privacy Checklist - Online information that may be seen by employers
Email Etiquette - Avoid these common email mistakes
Facebook and the Job Market - Know how to protect your electronic image
PackNet - Database of CALS alumni who have posted career profiles and contact information; These are great people to ask for job search advice
LinkedIn - Start networking online! Use this resource to find new contacts; Remember, nothing is more valuable than a face-to-face meeting
Who or What is a Contact?
Career Fair Help
Elevator Speech Score Card
Tips for Students - Information on the CALS Career Expo
How to Prepare for a Career Fair
Dos and Don'ts - What to do, what not to do, and questions to ask
Career Expo Checklist - Make sure you are prepared and know what to do at the Expo!