It is often said that a large percentage of job seekers find positions through networking, but it is hard to know what that means and how to get started. Networking is about building relationships, especially through gaining knowledge and advice.
- It is not about using someone to get a job. Networking can help you at whatever point you are in your career exploration or job or internship search.
- The process of networking starts with your built-in network, family and friends.
- An informational interview, the basic unit of networking, gives you the opportunity to ask a professional a set of questions and to articulate and clarify your skills, interests, and experiences.
- Networking requires preparation, research, outreach and follow-up, beyond the actual conversation.
- You can expand your network by reaching out to some of the active members of the Hamilton Career Network.