Developing Your Network

 

In this lesson, we will begin our discussion by focusing on:

  • Building and maintaining your professional network, as a means to discover new job and internship opportunities.

Networking is the process of building and maintaining professional relationships. It is really not about who you know, but rather who knows you. It is considered one of the most effective job search strategies because the actual hiring decisions are usually made based on a recommendation the hiring manager trusts.

This saves considerable effort sorting through all the resumes and phone calls an advertisement will generate. Here are the aspects of building a professional network we will discuss in this lesson:

  • Understanding the difference between warm and cold contacts.
  • The three methods for building a network:

    - Informational interviews
    - Online networking
    - Face-to-face networking events

Often, no name or connection will exist, and you will have to determine with whom, when, and how to create a networking opportunity. On the next page, we will learn how to use warm and cold contacts.