Summer Job Series – Networking Your Way to the Top

If you’re currently looking for a job, the key to success is often networking (it’s all about connections!). During my daily internet perusal, I found an amazing article on HerCampus. It discusses the 9 important people who could help you land that perfect job.  I’ve decided to include five favorites:

  • Your Parents’ Friends – Despite what you might think, family friends are often more than willing to help you out on your road to success. Now is the time to start listening (and talking).  Share with them your interests and goals.  Being in the workforce, they could have connections or further insight (ever heard of the six degrees of separation? ).
  • Your Friends’ Parents – Your friends’ parents can be great resources. Again, they may know a company hiring or if they hear something they will let you know. Just be sure to politely hint or casually mention you’re looking.  Don’t be rude (or too demanding) about it!
  • Professors – Most professors did not start out as a professors. Many had jobs within their field of study before they began teaching – they had to work their way up, too! Attend office hours, talk to them, and ask for their input on your future decisions.  They may have an valuable information and advice for you. Who knows, they may even have a connection in a former company!
  • Past Internship Supervisors – One of the perks of any internship is the opportunity to make connections.  If you’ve kept in contact with your past supervisors, they can help point you in the right direction or put in a good word. Besides, they were probably in your shoes at one point or another!
  • Professionals You Admire– Add professionals on LinkedIn, send them an email, or make a phone call and introduce yourself. If you get a chance to speak with them, make sure you thank them for their response and help.

Once your contacts help you land the interview, HerCampus gives us a list of the 10 ways to get that job.  Have interview tips for us?  Post them in the comments below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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