Networking Strategies

Despite how easy it is to locate jobs using online job search tools and social media, 80% of all jobs are found through networking. Networking is the key to researching and finding a career that is perfect for you. Networking allows you to connect with people of similar interests and build relationships. People hire and refer people they like and know. Having the ability to build a network can lead you to your dream job!

Build Your Network:

  1. Talk with friends and family, build relationships from people they know
  2. Maintain relationship with past employers and co-workers
  3. Build and maintain relationships with classmates and professors
  4. Reach out to SUU Alumni using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool
  5. Join Networking groups such as Toastmasters, Meetup or Tagged

Job Networking Tips:

  1. Begin with your currently established network
  2. Connect with Alumni
  3. Surround yourself with people who do the work you want to do
  4. Conduct informational interviews with individuals in the company or industry you want to work
  5. Develop your personal 30 second "elevator pitch"
  6. The key to networking is follow up, follow up, follow up!

Tips for Effective Networking

20 Tips for Navigating a Networking Event