Networking and professional etiquette are important pieces of career development and job searching!
Establishing effective relationships with people who can help you move forward with your career is an essential part of the job search process. Building relationships can offer leads and referrals to help you gain successful employment as well as to build your reputation in a positive way. This should be a two-way street in which you contribute to others as well as for you to benefit from them.
When establishing these relationships and gaining experience, it's also impertive to remember to comportant oneself in a professional manner. Whether it's your networking, in the interview process or starting your first job or internship, the why you interact in person, over the phone and via email makes a lasting impression and can help (or hinder) you with future career aspirations.
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)
- 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)
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