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Networking

What is Networking?

Various studies report that 60-85% of jobs are found through the process of networking.

Many jobs are found through networking and by directly contacting employers. Talk to people already working in the field and people with knowledge about the field. Consider all your contacts, including alumni, family, friends, employers, professors, business connections, and professional organizations. Maintain visibility and active involvement in campus, social, business, and community activities. Develop your leadership and communication skills.

Networking Defined

There are many definitions for networking. In Power Networking, Donna Fischer and Sandy Vilas define it as making links from people we know to people they know, in an organized way, for a specific purpose, while remaining committed to doing our part, expecting nothing in return.

As relating to your academic and career goals, networking can be viewed as the process of talking to people you know and developing new contacts or referrals to get information about possible careers, jobs and internships.

How do I start the networking process?

Identify people who can help you

How do I make contacts?

What do I say when I call to set up a meeting?

How do I ask for assistance?

30 Second Bio

One of the strongest tools you can use in a networking situation is your 30 second bio. College career counselors and employers alike suggest following a formula for your introduction. According to them, students should provide the following information during their introduction:

Tailor your introduction to each employer based on good research and knowledge of each company-this will generally impress recruiters. Do your research before any networking opportunity. Most companies have websites that provide information about their products and services. Other resources such as annual reports, press releases, and newspaper coverage are also very helpful and can usually be found on the Internet or in the library with a little digging.

End your introduction by asking a question that will engage the employer in conversation. You might ask: "Could you tell me more about the new (product) you are developing?" or "Could you tell me more about your financial management training program?"

Husky Career Network

Husky Career Network is a searchable worldwide network of more than 4,700 UW alumni and friends offering networking referrals and information about their career field and geographic area.

This program is not a job placement service, rather an opportunity to network with someone in a prospective field. It is a chance to ask about the industry, company, your resume, required skills or suggestions that they may have for developing your career path. This is a free program to students and UW Alumni Association members.