Many people use online job boards as their sole source of jobs when they are searching. However, many open positions are never posted publicly (one estimate says as high as 80%!). For this reason, networking remains the number one job search strategy and is a crucial professional activity.
Networking is simply obtaining information and developing contacts through people you know. It is also an exchange of information; the most successful networkers view the process as relationship-building and not just a transaction. You can always offer your help in the future.
Who do I connect with?
Possible networking sources include:
- Family, friends, and neighbors
- Tulane alumni
- Professional, community, religious, political, and social organizations
- Faculty, advisors and university staff members
- Current and former classmates
- Current and former employers and co-workers
How do I network?
- Decide what market, function, and industry you are going to target; make sure you can clearly explain your objectives for your target.
- Make a list of your A-level Contacts. Do not eliminate people because they do not seem to be in the right industry or field. They might know someone who is. These referrals will be B-level Contacts.
- Call or email your contacts with specific information regarding what you’re looking for, and ask if they know anyone who could help you with advice, information, or referrals.
- When you apply for jobs, use LinkedIn to search for anyone you know who may have a connection with in an organization or specific industry.