Networking is one of the most valuable career development skills you can have, especially since an estimated 80% of all jobs are filled through networking — and many open positions are not advertised. So it is well worth your time to develop a wide-ranging network of professional contacts. Your contacts can help you explore your calling, get leads on jobs and internships, and get hired. Don’t underestimate the importance of a strong network!
Networking is more essential than ever in your internship and job search. 4 out of 5 jobs and internships are never posted online. They’re gotten through networking. We encourage you to take advantage of all the networking resources available to you including:
- Demystifying Networking Videos
- Networking Strategy Step-by-Step Guide
- Sample Networking Emails
- How to Make a Connection
- How to Conduct Informational Interviews
Demystifying networking videos
Dysfunctional Belief: Networking is just hustling people – it’s slimy.
Reframe: Networking is just asking for directions.
Connect with SPU Alumni
Connecting with SPU alumni and industry professionals can help clarify and define career interests in a variety of fields while making valuable connections. Being part of the SPU community means you are already part of an amazing global network!
Falcon Connect: New way for SPU students to easily connect with SPU alumni who want to help students in their career journey. Sign up to find alums to connect with who work in companies or industries of interest to you.