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The majority of jobs are found through networking. But what is networking and how do you go about it? Check out the following links to find out more.
Learn about the networking process including how to network and suggested networking resources.
As social media has emerged as the newest form of networking, job seekers must be aware what is exposed about their personal lives online. Utilize these tips to find out how you can use social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter as a practical networking tool.
One of the best sources for gathering information about what's happening in an occupation or an industry is to talk to people working in the field. This process is called informational or research interviewing. An informational interview is an interview that you initiate - you ask the questions. The purpose is to obtain information and build your network!
Career Fairs are excellent opportunities to meet many employers in one location and to find out about who is hiring. It is also a great way to network!
A handout that will help you brainstorm people you already know who may be able to assist you in your job search.
Once you find yourself in a networking situation, find out tips about networking etiquette.
Helpful Networking Links:
- Industry Research Desk - perform on-line industry research, market research, business research, company research, and manufacturing process research with the tools and procedures provided here. We emphasize the use of free sources!!!
- The Riley Guide - networking to enhance your job search.
- Professional Diversity Network - connect with companies that are recruiting diverse talent.
Regional Networking Events:
- Corvallis Young Pros - professionals who live in the Corvallis area who like being social and meet the 4th Tuesday of the month. There is no membership fee of any sort, so come and connect with other young professionals. Stay as long as you want and come as often as you want.
- Green Drinks - connects individuals who share an interest in environmentally friendly careers.
Articles about Networking:
- How to Tell Your Network Your Looking for a Job
- A Recruiter's Top 10 Tips for Getting a Job in Oregon (Part 4: Networking) - Not sure about the best way to connect with colleagues? Portland Recruiter Aimee Fahey shares her top 10 networking tips.
- Want to be Memorable? Be Specific. - Remembering details is critical to making a great impression in your application, interview, and once you land the job.
- 5 Ways to Start Networking Conversations - Your career success depends on your ability to become a brilliant conversationalist--here's how to be one.
- Working It - article about who to network with while in college.
- Quintessential Careers (Networking Your Way to a New Job) - an article to help you with the networking process.
- Cultivate Your Contacts - Don't just toss gathered business cards into your drawer. Learn how to follow up and grow your network.
- The 10 Cardinal Sins of Networking
- An Introvert's Guide to Networking
- How to Develop a Networking Strategy to Get Your Dream Job
- Top 10 Sites for Professional Networking - More than 80 percent of jobs are filled by referral because employers are more likely to hire you if you have someone who can vouch for you. Check out this quick blog post about how to find networking events.
- Working It: Networking Tips for Students - Learn how and with whom you should be networking before, during, and after your four years in college.
- The Introverts Guide to Networking and Relationships