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Networking strategies in college for your future career

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According to the data received from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, networking still remains the best way to find a good job. Their research says, that 70% of all jobs found today were got through networking. Such statistics might be very inspiring for modern students, whose main headache is not only excellent grades and diplomas, but good and well-paid jobs as well. With that statistics and research results in mind, college appears to be the best time for a young person to build his own network for a future career.

What strategies can a student use for his networking? There are plenty of them, and the best choice would be to use them all wherever possible.

Job fairs

The majority of universities use such an opportunity, and organize job fairs to let students speak directly to their potential future employers. Job fairs take place quite often, and that is why the chances to miss them are very low. Students of Denver will have 5 chances to attend job fairs in 2014, meet all employers there, ask all questions that interest them, offer resumes, and even have job interviews right there.

A strategy:

  • learn the date and place of the nearest job fair

  • register to participate in it (it's usually free)

  • compose your professional resume, print a several copies to give them to your potential employers

  • make a list of questions to ask

  • get ready to answer all questions concerning your interest in different job positions

Networking events

Colleges and universities often organize such-called networking events for their students to meet professionals in the fields of their interests and perspective work. As well as University of Denver for example, colleges usually give the information about these upcoming events at their official websites or bulletin boards in campuses.

A strategy:

Networking websites

Today's era of the Internet gives students much more opportunities to start a career than it was twenty years ago for example. And it would be not wise to ignore them. There are many websites and job search resources on the Web today, created for networking in particular. They gather students from different universities, provide information about useful resources for them to find a job, help professionals exchange their experiences with young people, and connect students with their potential future employers.

A strategy:

  • find a website that fits your expectations and needs most

  • register and create your account there

  • share your resume

  • connect with people who may be useful for you, and who can provide you with all information about your future job's opportunities

  • build relations and communities

Social media

If a student does not have a LinkedIn or a Twitter account, he misses a great strategy of networking. Social media was invented to connect people from all over the world, so, why can't it be used by students for job searching?

A strategy:

  • create your LinkedIn profile

  • explore this site's potential

  • search for job positions that might fit your skills and expectations

  • build your network of connections

  • join some groups useful for you

  • check some events you can attend (and attend them actually!)

Extra classes

Sometimes students are too lazy to take some extra classes in college, though they might be very useful for their networking and future career. Here they meet people who share the same goals, and such connections may become really helpful when it comes to job search and career.

A strategy:

  • choose and register for a class needed

  • attend it and build relations with your classmates there

Greek organizations

This is one more way to build relations with some like-minded people in college. A sorority or a fraternity will form really close bonds between students with the same interests and goals, which will be very useful for a young person when he decides to start a job search. Some “brothers” or “sisters” may assist him here, as they may have their own big networking already.

A strategy:

  • join a Greek organization that meets your spirit and goals most

  • take an active part in its life, parties, social events

  • build relations with your “brothers” or “sisters”

Professors

It would be not wise for a student to forget about his professor at once the exam has been passed, because he (a professor) may help much with networking and job searching as well. Most professors would be happy to see their students successful, that is why they will be glad to help when needed. The best decision for a student here would be to cultivate and maintain relations with those professors who were friendly to him.

How may a professor help you?

  • He may write you a reference for your job application

  • He may use his network to help you get a job

  • He may advise you on better job variants

Career-minded students will never pass by seven strategies mentioned above. Networking does not distract you from studying process, it happens naturally if you do not ignore any chance to build relations, and it helps you start and build your career the best you can.

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