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Over the course of your work life, networking will be the single most effective method of advancing your career. While networking may not "get you a job", it does play a role in the majority of hiring decisions. Many job vacancies are never advertised, but instead filled through some form of personal or professional referrals. Employers prefer to hire candidates they have met, or those referred by a trusted source.

One of the best ways to expand your career knowledge and interests is to learn from someone who is connected to it first-hand. Building your connections will provide you an invaluable opportunity to develop and prepare for your career goals. This is what networking is all about.

  • Networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects.
  • It is a two-way process that involves developing and maintaining connections with individuals, and mutually benefitting from the relationship.
  • Networking is an ongoing process that takes time and attention; it is not something you do only when you are looking for a job.
  • Successful networking requires preparation and practice.

Try creating a professional online presence using LinkedIn and begin networking now! Contact the Student Success Center at (501) 882-8906 for assistance.