For those of us who go weak in the knees at the very prospect of having to make small talk with strangers, the concept of networking can be a tad terrifying. In this day and age it truly is WHO you know, not WHAT you know that gets your foot in the door with a potential company.
First and foremost: Networking is NOT about asking for a job! So what does 'networking' really mean, and how do you use it to your advantage? Experts reveal how to make the most of YOUR network to land the job that you want.
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A key way to discover whether or not a particular field is for you is to conduct informational interviews. This not only increases your knowledge of the industry, but gives you an excellent way to build your networks at the same time! Talking one-on-one with someone in your field of interest is an excellent way to increase your networks and your knowledge of a particular field. While the purpose of an informational interview is never to ask for a job, often times these interviews may indirectly lead to additional job leads or points of contact.
What are informational interviews and why do them? Learn from the experts what to say, what NOT to say, and why these interviews provide great training and more.
Many of us are under the misconception that career fairs are only for seniors! Nay, nay! A career/internship fair is a great place to start learning about potential organizations you may want to work with in the future. Freshmen and sophomores can definitely benefit from meeting employers and recruiters to learn about the types of positions within their organizations and learn what kinds of candidates they are seeking.
Make that career fair count! Hear firsthand from recruiters how you can make the best impression on potential employers to land an interview or internship.