Up to 80% of jobs people find are through Networking!  There’s definitely some truth to the popular saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  And perhaps more importantly, it’s not who you know, but who knows you.  You have to become known by people in your field not just to get your foot in the door at one company, but to keep progressing in your career.  Arguably, this is one of the most important tasks to perform during and after graduation.

When it comes right down to it, networking is meeting people, getting to know them, allowing them to get to  know you, and hopefully building lasting connections that may or may not result  in professional or developmental opportunities.

Those who are good at networking understand that there is give and take.  Always express appreciation for the assistance you receive, and offer help in return whenever possible.  As you begin to meet professionals in fields of interest, you will notice that most in your network will not have hiring power. However, they will offer career advice and valuable information while steering you toward those who do have hiring power.