Develop Your Network

Why should I care about networking?

It's Not About Who You Know, It's Who Knows About You!

Some are put off by the word "networking," feeling these connections are not genuine. Networking is not about using people; it's about building relationships with others who can share their knowledge or resources with you, knowing that one day someone is going to come to you for similar support.

Networking is building and maintaining professional relationships to help you learn more about areas of interest as well as locate and obtain employment, and is one of the most effective ways of finding a job. As you might guess, most employers prefer to hire people who come with a recommendation from someone they know. For more, read our guide on networking.

How do I network?

In-Person Networking

There are many different ways to build your network. One way to network face-to-face is to attend networking events that allow you to interact with new people. There are networking events hosted by professional associations, as well as career conferences, industry trade shows, and even alumni networking events.

Networking Emails

Networking emails are any communication you send to someone via email, LinkedIn, or Tiger Link to learn more about their career, search for opportunities, request a meeting, or follow up after meeting them.

To write an effective email networking message:

  • Include a descriptive subject line.
  • Never address your email "To whom it may concern;" always use the person's name and proper title.
  • Explain how you heard about them, or remind them when and where you met.
  • Keep your message as brief as possible, but remember to ask for what you're looking for (an informational interview, leads on opportunities, etc.)
  • Use this message to open the space for an actual conversation. Don't include all of your questions in the email, or ask "yes" or "no" questions.
  • Thank them for their time.

Following Up

Following up is the single most important part of networking. You build your network by arranging informational interviews and attending networking events; you maintain your network by following up. People across industries express frustration over never hearing back from an individual they have helped. Don't be that person! Stay in contact with people that have helped you. For help on how to follow up, read our guide on networking or schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant.

Whether for a formal interview or an informational interview it's always important to follow up after an interview.

How do I network with alumni?

Alumni and Tiger Link

Check out Tiger Link, CC's own professional networking platform compatible with LinkedIn. You can connect with alumni and family of CC who can assist in exploring careers and industries, learning about companies/organizations, and answering other career-related questions. The platform facilitates alumni and student mentoring relationships by allowing students to search the alumni directory for people who are willing to help. If you need assistance, or have additional questions about Tiger Link, contact Jacob Sanchez, Assistant Director, Alumni and Parent Engagement. 

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