Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You're either "Networking" or "Not Working"

As this post is being written, many colleges and universities, at least in the United States, will be conducting graduation ceremonies between now (May) and mid-June.  Yet numerous news articles have a tendency to show that the employment outlook for soon-to-be graduates appear bleak.  Sadly, that appears to be a case, even in a slowly, but surely, improving economy.

That's where networking comes in.  If you're a soon-to-be college graduate looking for work, networking is a must, even if you're a freshman.  Joining various organizations or clubs, or getting involved in student activities and community service events doesn't hurt either.  The sooner you start, the better off you're going to be in the long run.

You can also take advantage of the various services your college's career center has to offer, including any career or job fairs they may have.  Oh, and if you're an alumnus/alumna of that institution, you could visit that career center if you choose.  That's yet another opportunity to network.

Of course, there's always the traditional method of networking: inviting someone to lunch or have coffee, or do that so-called informational interview.  And don't forget newer non-traditional such as LinkedIn, which have numerous groups where you can talk about important trends in your industry with potential contacts.

That's the difference between "Networking" or "Not Working".

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