Networking is an essential tool to enriching your own career path as well as others. It is the most important strategy for developing a career plan and effectively landing a job or internship. Networking is not just about who you know, but who knows you.
Below are some resources to help you build and engage with your networks. This information will come in handy as a current student and as a Hamline alum.
Researching potential employers will be helpful to you in all phases of the job search. Researching allows you to target the employers most closely aligned with your needs and career goals. It’s important to be well informed about organizations so you can better market yourself through tailoring your cover letter and resume, when interviewing, or when speaking with employers at a networking event or career fair.
LinkedIn is an excellent resource for students and professionals to use as they build careers and a professional online presence. On LinkedIn, you can connect with people to conduct informational interviews, research companies, find available positions, and learn more about the field you are interested in pursuing. With a complete LinkedIn profile, your accomplishments are available online for all to see.
Your LinkedIn profile
Job applicants who have a well-developed LinkedIn profile are over 70% more likely to receive a callback for a job interview than candidates without a LinkedIn profile, according to LinkedIn. With over 90% of recruiters using LinkedIn to find candidates, we strongly encourage to create a LinkedIn profile and use the platform as one of the many tools in their job search toolbox.
- Check out this tip sheet on creating a great profile
- Review these slides on Building Your LinkedIn Profile
- Watch Creating A Winning LinkedIn Profile (20 minutes)
- Watch Maximize LinkedIn (80 minutes)
- Intro to LinkedIn and Profile Photos (six minutes)
- Building Your Profile (10 minutes)
- LinkedIn Presentation (PDF)
Using LinkedIn to network
It’s estimated that up to 80% of job opportunities are obtained through networking. Making connections with professionals in your area of interest can help you gain insight into people’s career paths, learn about companies, and get advice about your own next steps.
Interviewing is an opportunity for you to “sell” yourself to a company or organization. You will need to clearly articulate your skills and experiences and also connect these to the position you are applying for. Keep in mind interviewing is also your opportunity to determine if the position is the right fit for you. Make an appointment to complete a mock-interview with a career counselor for specific feedback and to gain more interviewing experience.
- Find sample interview questions
- Interview Questions that Violate Equal Employment Opportunity
The majority of positions are found through networking. Read this Google Doc to learn how you can be most successful networking and conducting informational interviews.
Services for alumni
The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services at no cost to alumni for three years after their graduation including assistance with resumes, interviewing, and job search strategies. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, please call 651-523-2302. Depending on the time of year, appointment availability and service may be limited.
Alumni who are more than three years post-graduation may use the resources on the CDC webpage and within Handshake. We have also developed a list of community resources you can access for further assistance, which can be found .
Handshake is the CDC's online job posting, campus recruiting, communication and networking system. Register for your free Handshake account today and sign up following these instructions. Take advantage of the system's many features, including:
- Review and apply for current job postings
- Post your resume online as a job applicant
- Research employers in your interest area
- Post job or internship opportunities
- Schedule tabling and recruiting events
Connect with us by calling 651-523-2302 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.