As many students enter their senior year of college, many of them have the same thing on there mind – find a
full-time job. While the thought of searching for a full-time job may sound frightening and intimidating, it is important to remember that there is a place for everyone.
With that being said, a very important part of finding a full-time job after graduation is networking. We have all heard this over and over again from our teachers, family members and academic and career advisors. While it may sound repetitive and unimportant, it is quite the opposite. Networking with others opens up many doors for both immediate and future employment.
In the age of technology we live in today, it is becoming more and more common for students to apply for jobs via the Internet. While the Internet is a great resource and very convenient, applying for a job online also makes it more difficult for you to differentiate yourself from the others. That is where networking comes in. An Internet application can easily just be stashed into a pile never to be seen again. A sad, but true reality. However, this is where networking can become a huge tool. If you go the extra mile and speak to someone at the company before submitting an application, the chances of you having success go up a ton.
It may sound difficult to just reach out to a person, sometimes a person you don’t even know, and speak to them about their company or what it is they do. I have personally found that you will be pleasantly surprised with the amount of high-level employees that will take the time out of their day to speak with you and tell you about themselves or their workplace. Reaching out with also go a very long way, because most of these people had to do the same thing, and they will respect the fact that you are doing it.
This does not go for just seniors. The earlier you can start networking the better, because graduation will sneak up on you, and you will be happy looking back at your network and seeing how many people you have built relationships with.
There are many different ways to network. There are those that are provided by Indiana University, such as career fairs or networking events. There is also an excellent tool that I mentioned earlier in a bit of a different light, and that is the Internet. The Internet can be an amazing networking resource. If you are a college student and you are not on LinkedIn, when you are done reading this article I highly suggest you go sign up. LinkedIn is an amazing tool that everyone has access to, and can connect you with people around the world in just a matter of clicks.
Yes, some people are a little bit harder to get in touch with than others, but just shooting someone a quick message or email could prove to be very helpful. If you meet somebody at an event or just at a random time, it is never a bad idea to add him or her on LinkedIn.
If you can arrange meetings with some established employees, that is great too. Just remember to come prepared with a lot of questions to ask. If someone is taking the time out of their day to meet with you, they want to make it worth their while. Be sure to get as much out of a conversation as you can, and people always love when you ask a lot of questions.
Networking is something that we have all been hearing about for a long time, and something that we will continue to hear about. My best advice is to get started early, and keep good relationships. It will go a long way!
“Matthew Wolfe is a senior majoring in Sports Communication. He enjoys writing, mainly about sports. After graduation, Matthew hopes to work somewhere within the sports PR industry. His ultimate goal is to write for a major online sports publication, or be a play-by-play announcer for a basketball team. Matthew loves comedy and action movies, and just about every television show. “
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