Tips for Parents
The New Age of Networking
How it Plays Out in Today's Job Search
Networking is a skill that students need to develop as they explore potential careers and lay the foundation for their job search. It's about making connections. And in today's technological times, there are a variety of avenues that your student can take in networking with potential employers.
According to some career experts, online social networking is one of the best things that has happened to recruiting. Yet, it's important that students take care when networking through this medium by keeping a few tips in mind:
- Pick one site that will be used specifically for professional networking
- Post only professional content; avoid posting personal updates or pictures
- Post a current resume on your site
- Keep your profile clean, simple and updated
- Communicate professional endeavors you are currently working on and the results of each
- Encourage "network friends" who know your previous work to provide online references
An increasing number of employers will check students' Facebook and MySpace pages when considering whom to hire. Questionable photos and content could sabotage your student's chances by creating negative impressions. Consider talking about this now so that your student doesn't find herself in a compromising position during the job search.
Five Quick Networks to Tap Into Today!
- Local Professional Organizations
- Local Businesses
Professional Networking: Top Sites
NETWORK Tips for Students
- Nurture relationships — once you make a connection, keep it going
- Establish connections — find a mentor, attend events & become known
- Talk with alums — they're often eager to help students succeed!
- Write thank yous — you'll remain positively in people's minds as a result
- Offer assistance — it's not just about what you can "get" from people
- Really be real — be genuine, show your interest & be you!
- Keep at it — perseverance will get you far
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