Monday, March 24, 2014

Network Your Way Into a Job or Internship

 
 

Don’t miss Anderson’s March 28th
Human Resources/Non-Profit/Policy & Planning Networking event! 
Networking could be what helps you land a job.

If you take part in social networking sites, you probably have a pretty good idea of how networking can enhance your personal life. But, if you’re like many new college graduates, you’re probably not as comfortable about incorporating networking into your job search.

In spite of your discomfort, you need to incorporate networking into your job search: Especially in a competitive job market, networking could be what helps you land a job. In fact, many jobs are filled before they are even advertised—filled by people who learned about the opportunity before it was formally announced.

What is networking when it comes to the job search? It’s not about using people. Just as you look to build personal relationships through social networks, you want to build relationships to foster your professional life. These relationships can help you not only in your current job search but down the road as you build your career.

Networking is not one-sided: It works both ways. You offer assistance to others just as they offer assistance to you. Perhaps the easiest way to think about networking is to see it as an extension of being friendly, outgoing, and active.

Here are some tips for building and maintaining a healthy network:
  • Attend Anderson Networking/Connection events and talk one-on-one to the recruiters who attend them.  Anderson’s  March 28th Human Resources/Non-Profit/Policy & Planning Industry Network event brings together students and employers to network, share ideas, employment outlooks and industry information.  Register today at http://goo.gl/MNmHx to expand your network and enjoy a FREE catered lunch.  This event is held in the Jackson Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The following employer partners are attending to meet you.
Accounting & Consulting Group, LLP
Adelante Development Center, Inc.
Alvin Baca
Express Employment Professionals
Art Spark
New Mexico Economic Development Department
NM Green Chamber of Commerce
NOVA Corporation
PR Newswire
Rio Grande Community Development Corporation
Roadrunner Food Bank
SambaSafety
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
State Personnel Office
Summit Electric Supply
Target
United Blood Services
US Forest Service 
  • Attend Networking events and Career Fairs, even if you’re not ready to look for a job.  Be up front that you’re not currently in the job market and don’t take a lot of the representative’s time, but touching base with a potential employer now can help you down the road when you are ready.
  • Remember to be courteous and tactful in all your conversations, to send thank-you notes to people who help you, and to find ways to help others as well.  Don’t drop your network once you’ve gotten a job. Nurture the relationships you’ve built and look for opportunities to build new connections throughout your career. Getting started might be uncomfortable, but with time and practice, networking will be second nature.


Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and Anderson's Career Services Team.

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