Networking

What it is

  • Networking is asking for career information or advice from people you have some connection with
  • Networking is an important aspect of any successful job search
  • 80% of opportunities are found through word-of-mouth
  • If you put in the time and effort, a solid network can help you find information and opportunities you wouldn’t find anywhere else

Build Your Network

  • Create a LinkedIn profile and join groups like the UNH Career and Professional Success (CaPS)  or UNH Alumni Association groups
  • Schedule meetings with faculty, friends, and family to find out who is in their network
  • Expand your professional online network through LinkedIn,  Facebook, and Twitter
  • Go to job fairs where you can get information and network with employers
  • Find mentors - connect with people interested in helping you succeed
  • Get involved in professional, social, or community activities both on and off campus
  • Help others build their networks
  • Create a top 10 list of dream employers and contact them to request an informational interview
  • Always send a thank you note

Networking Etiquette

  • First impressions are very important
  • Approach any potential contacts with courtesy and tact – Most contacts will be pleased and flattered to hear from you as long as you're polite and considerate
  • Respect their boundaries – Don't badger or harass them
  • Follow through on what you promise and be honest in all of your interactions
  • Don’t ask for a job – The person you are speaking with may not have any knowledge of potential job openings, which will be awkward and shut the conversation down right away

Informational Interview Tips

Using Social Media

Tips on Your Pitch