Networking is a way of connecting with, meeting and talking to
people in the fields in which you would ultimately like to
work. Building professional relationships is important
as approximately 80% of job openings are never advertised,
leaving the only way to learn about them through word of
mouth or networking – this is known as the “hidden job
market”. Studies continue to confirm that the majority of
jobs are obtained through some kind of networking.
Thus, it's a vital strategy a student should utilize in
his/her job search!
Feel free to view our
Networking Guide for more info on networking.
Benefits of Networking
1. Information – gain greater understanding about your
field including current trends and new developments, as well
as the skills and qualifications needed for particular
positions within your field of interest.
2. Insight – gain information that will lead you to the
hidden job market. Learn of unpublished job opportunities,
and be referred to an opportunity you didn’t know about.
3. First chance - jobs posted online or on a company's
website have often been filled or are close to being
filled by the time you become aware of them. Networking
gives you an earlier chance at an opportunity.
4. Less competition – if the job is not advertised, then
less people will know about the position, leaving you with a
greater chance at an offer.
5. Access – networking gives you access to people who might
not be responsive to a direct approach letter.
6. Recommendation – networking provides you with the added
advantage of a referral from someone the hiring
7. Interview advantage - learn about the problems and needs
in the organization from your networking contact, therefore being
more prepared in an interview.
Prospective Network Contacts
1. GCC alumni through the
Alumni Directory and Career Services Office
2. Family, friends, neighbors
3. Your friends’ parents, and their family members
4. Professors, advisors, coaches and tutors
5. Church friends and clergy
6. Members of clubs, religious groups and other
7. Your former bosses and your friends’ and family members’
Professional associations and trade organization members
Social media and networking sites (i.e., Facebook, LinkedIn)