Networking is one of the most valuable career development skills you can have, especially since an estimated 80 percent of all jobs are filled through networking — and many open positions are not advertised. So it is well worth your time to develop a wide-ranging network of professional contacts. Your contacts can help you explore your calling, get leads on jobs and internships, and get hired. Don’t underestimate the importance of a strong network!
Ways to Build a Strong Network
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 300 million members across the globe. Build a professional online presence, and make connections with people who work in your field or can connect you to those who do. There are many search tools that can put you in touch with alumni from SPU, leaders in your professional area, and people who work for employers of interest. Learn more.
Career Fairs/Mega Meet-Ups
Career fairs, both on and off campus, provide a wealth of opportunities for networking and gaining new contacts. Learn how to prepare for and make the most of job fairs.
Other Networking Resources
Creating Your Personal Brand (PDF)
PricewaterhouseCoopers offers tips and exercises to help you develop your elevator pitch, build and maximize professional relationships, manage your online presence, and more.