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This handout helps you understand how to define and grow your network. Networking leads to more information about opportunities, industries, and companies.

This handout helps you understand how to define and grow your network. Networking leads to more information about opportunities, industries, and companies.

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  • 1. Career Center Networking is Key To successfully navigate the job search, you must utilize the people that you know! Networking allows you to learn about different industries and current openings, helps you make contacts at companies, and enables you to gain the “inside scoop.” While obtaining a job or internship is the goal, effective networking does not solely consist of asking someone to help you find a job. You must inform your contacts about your career interests and goals before they can help you. Before you can start networking you must identify your network. Step 1: Personal Connections Relatives and Friends: Academic Contacts (Professors, Administration): Former Employers (Part-Time Jobs, Internships): Campus Organizations and Community Involvement (Clubs, Sports, Volunteer Work): Networking Events (Career Fairs, TechConnect): Professional Associations: Step 2: Virtual Connections DukeConnect: LinkedIn (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Group): Duke Alumni Association: Facebook: Twitter: Step 3: Connections of Connections Who do your connections know? Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  • 2. Action Steps In order to apply what I have learned in this workshop, I will: Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Prepare and Practice • Create and Consider your introduction for different contexts • Seek out opportunities to practice (e.g., networking events) Expand Network • Access Alumni and Professional Networks (utilizing tools such as LinkedIn and DukeConnect) • Join and Get involved in Professional Associations Nurture Network: Establish • Timeframe • Activity Individual Action Steps