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Research shows that as many as 70% of open positions are filled as a result of networking. The contacts you make, if cultivated and used wisely, can lead to future employment. Everyone has a network, it's just a matter of thinking broadly and creatively about who is in it. Thanks to social media, there are countless new ways to virtually network with almost anyone.Good luck in the networking process! 

If you have questions, please contact Career Services.

Step 1

Identify Your Selling Points
  • What are your top 3 skills/strengths?
  • What makes you unique from other candidates?
  • How do your skills/strengths align with your targeted industry?

Step 2

Determine Who Is Already in Your Network
  • Tap into family, friends, faculty, staff, coaches, advisors, supervisors, mentors and St. Norbert College alumni

Step 3

Carry Your Business Cards Everywhere
  • Create personalized business cards via an online search for “free business cards”
  • Exchange and share your business cards generously 

Step 4

Prepare and Practice Your 60-Second Commercial

Step 5

Join LinkedIn

Step 6

Expand Your Network

Step 7

Maintain Your Network
  • Maintain your relationships by staying in contact over time. For example, send an email, message them on LinkedIn, invite them to coffee.
Please see our Networking and Informational Interviewing Guide (PDF) for more information on networking and questions to ask a potential contact. Every time you network with someone, be sure to ask, “Do you know two more people I could talk to regarding this topic?,” as this is how your network will grow. 
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