Blog by: Jenna Chaffee
My time as a senior is coming close to an end. There’s 40 days left until graduation day and I’ve been experiencing so many different feelings. As the big day gets closer, several soon-to-be graduates are applying for jobs or already accepting job positions. While this is extremely proactive, other soon-to-be graduates might just be trying to make it to the end of the semester. There’s no wrong or right way.
Or is there?
Networking with likeminded professionals can be a lifesaver when it comes to deciding what road to travel down before or even after graduating. According to Career Key, 65 to 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. Networking with professionals not only gives you a greater chance at finding a job, it’s also a way to create a community of people who support each other, who provide emotional support and information that will help each other.
Networking can be a task that is easy for some, while extremely uncomfortable for others. But, everyone should be networking. According to The Week, those that find discomfort in networking can start by simply re-connecting. Connecting with professionals through LinkedIn or Facebook is an easy way to start the process. Another tip the article mentions is to move your desk. Moving your office desk can make you less shy overtime and build relationships.
In the FIU News article, it says that networking can happen in unlikely places and in unlikely ways, so it’s always best to be prepared. Networking doesn’t strictly happen at conferences or at internship fairs, it can be unexpected. I can completely testify to this. At my current job, that I’ve worked at to pay for college, I am constantly presented with networking opportunities. There are so many likeminded professionals that come into my current place of work, so I’ve had to prepare. I can truly say that I’ve grown confident in future career opportunities after graduating because I have been given the chance to network.
Networking can be a powerful tool and it can also be the missing puzzle piece to finding your dream job. This is why it’s always best to meet and network with as many professionals as possible. The saying “it isn’t always about what you know, but who you know” is completely true.
Delgado, Joel. “5 Things Every College Student Should Know about Networking.”News at FIU Florida International University. 16 Dec. 2014. Web. 03 Apr. 2016.
Barker, Eric. “The 10 Best Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking.”The 10 Best Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking. 08 Aug. 2014. Web. 03 Apr. 2016.
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