WHAT IS JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCH NETWORKING?
Job and internship search networking is the process of developing a list of contacts for the purpose of gathering information about a job, internship or a profession. The process of establishing relationships with people, exchanging information and ideas and working together for future mutually beneficial exchanges, make networking one of the most successful ways to find a job or internship.
The best place to start networking is with family, friends and neighbors and with the people they know. Others with whom to network include faculty, coaches, alumni, members of associations or clubs, recruiters at job fairs, employers conducting information sessions on campus or acquaintances. Tell everyone you know you are interested in networking. You might be surprised by who is able to help you. Tip: be sure to organize your contact list. Include contact information, where and when you met and what you will do to follow-up your initial contact.
Contacts can be made in person, by phone, by e-mail, or through social media. In all cases, present yourself professionally. Check your spelling, grammar and punctuation in all written communication.
Have a plan. Do your homework. Think about your goals for networking - what information do you want to take away from the meeting? Decide what you want to convey about yourself. Be flexible and open to opportunities you may not have expected. Always be ready to make a contact.
SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING
Increasingly, job seekers and employers are using social media to connect. There are a variety of professional sites, including one of the most popular, LinkedIn. Your online presence is important whether or not you are actively seeking to connect with professionals using social media. Read more tips for using social media with your job or internship search.
Be sure to send follow-up thank you notes to your contacts to show your appreciation and increase your chances of developing productive relationships. If you have not done so by this point, also connect with your in-person contacts on LinkedIn. This online follow-up will allow you to stay connected with your contacts.