Networking: the key to success

Networking is the process of making connections; of building and maintaining relationships. You are probably already networking without being aware of it; by joining groups, playing sports, or just getting to know new people.

Networking is a critical aspect of an effective job search. You do not want to keep your job search a secret. Bill Stone, owner of career planning firm Promising Futures, has a great answer to the question, "with whom should I network?" Stone points out, "if they have a pulse, network with them."

Networking opportunities are available both on and off campus and include: Mid-Maine Chamber Business Breakfasts and events; Alumni Network events; Kennebec Valley Entrepreneurial Network events; any Thomas College club or organization; sports teams; intramurals; getting to know your professors and classmates; volunteering with a community group; joining a professional organization related to your major; participating in community events; online social and professional networks; participating in an internship; and more.

The key to successful networking is to be able to tap into sources of job leads, recommendations; and advice from those with different or more experience than you have. But don't forget, these relationships shouldn't be just about your needs; you should plan on "giving back" as well.

Some useful links to learn more about networking:
Using LinkedIn (professional online network)
Be Able to Introduce Yourself
Business Week Article: Networking to Win Jobs
The Riley Guide Networking Tips & Advice (you may need to click on compatibility view for this website to appear)
Remember to visit the Career Services Events and Workshops page for information on upcoming events including networking opportunities & networking workshops offered by Career Services.


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