50-75% of good jobs come from friends—by word of mouth. The higher the level of the job, the more the rule applies.
Places to Network
- People You Know. (i.e., friend, relatives, co-workers, current supervisors, professors). Email them a short note asking for their advice and help given your areas of interests with an attached resume. Explain when and where you hope to begin your job search. Tell them any assistance would be great.
- Your UCSB Alumni Association closest chapter. Ask to be placed on the email list for future social events. Inquire if they know of anyone in the area that is involved in the industry or career field you seek. Contact them for advice.
- Professional Association Chapter Monthly Lunches/Local/Regional Conferences nearest where you want to work.
- Use your hobbies as a potential source of people that may have useful contacts. (i.e., local surfing, snowboarding, community choir, photography)
- Chamber Mixers and Committees. Click on California Business Chambers of Commerce for the chamber in the city closet to where you want to work.
- Volunteer with your favorite philanthropy. Meet community members with potential ideas.
- Network online by using LinkedIn (i.e. San Francisco Bay Area Gauchos, Orange County Gauchos and Los Angeles Gauchos)
- The Alumni Association recently announced the launch of their new alumni database powered by Evisors. UCSB Career Connections allows students to connect with alumni for career chats, mock interviews, or resume critiques. This will be a wonderful tool for students looking to connect with professionals for career discussions and informational interviews.
Some Networking Tips and Web Resources
- Use your resume like a calling card when appropriate or create a business card with your LinkedIn profile website on it.
- Do not use people when networking. Be genuinely responsive, respectful of their time, and accommodating. Be willing to share information that is of interest to those that help you.
- Keep a record of all contact you make: Establish a binder of business cards with your notes on the back. Keep an electronic folder of all the thank letters you send for future reference.
Check out: The Power of Networking
The Alumni Association recently announced the launch of their new alumni database powered by Evisors. Alumni Advisor Network (link is external) allows students to connect with alumni for career chats, mock interviews, or resume critiques. This is a wonderful tool for students looking to connect with professionals for career discussions and informational interviews.