Thursday, June 17, 2010

Just because you're on summer vacation . . .

. . . don't miss any opportunity you get to NETWORK !

Over the summer, you'll likely be meeting new people and perhaps seeing others you've always known (relatives, parents of friends, etc) from a different perspective.  Look at every conversation as a possible contact or lead for a summer job, internship, or even a permanent job after graduation . . . you never know when you meet someone who could help you out.

Find out what kind of work people do, and tell them about what you're interested in doing - academically, and in terms of possible work.  Ask questions, and explore any opportunities to learn more about a job, a company, or a field.  If you're interested, try to set up an Informational Interview; check out this page for help on how to go about it and how to prepare, as well as ideas for questions and do's and don'ts.

All of these strategies fall under the heading of NETWORKING.  Why is networking important?  "Approximately 70-75% of jobs are found through networking."   Follow this link for some tips on career networking for college students.  

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