Who you know is as important as what you know. A strong network of contacts is critical in any stage of your career. While it can be intimidating when you feel like you’re starting from scratch, we’ll help you develop a great network!
Get business cards. Sites like Vistaprint and Moo have inexpensive options for pre-designed cards. Make sure your cards include contact information for any relevant social networks you’re using in your job search.
Ask yourself what you’d like to know more about, and develop an “elevator speech” - a short (30-60 seconds) pitch that summarizes who you are and what you’re looking for.
3. Get connected
Start contacting the people on your list, and tell them about your career plans and ask for advice or referrals.
When you meet with someone, respect their time by being prepared. Have a list of questions you’d like to ask, and always follow-up with a thank you email or note.
Attend events and be visible. Many professional organizations have open events for non-members, or discounted student membership rates. Also, sites like Meetup or Eventbrite have listings for local gatherings of all kinds of professionals.