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Professional networking can provide you with potential employment opportunities, referrals and inside information on your career field. The more contacts you have, the more likely you’ll hear about job leads, and have a contact who can vouch for you.It may also lead to future employment and internship opportunities! 

Tips for building your network:

Asking for information can feel strange at first, start small and build up. Begin networking with people you know, family, friends, professors, and advisors. Once you feel comfortable extend your reach to professional associations, job fairs, or connect with members in the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program. In some cases, setting up an informational interview may be beneficial.

How To Do an Informational Interview

Knowing yourself, your skills, and what you are capable of offering the field is the key to successful networking. Present yourself as a confident and competent candidate, practice your elevator pitchBefore the conversation ends, ask if you can connect with them on LinkedIn and for any other contacts. 

The Elevator Pitch

Always follow up after a meeting. Send a thank you note or email that references what you discussed, a piece of advice or tidbit of knowledge. If you feel it is appropriate send your resume, and ask they pass it along if they hear of any job openings. If they agree to connecting on LinkedIn send them a request within a few days.

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