Networking is your secret weapon, and it’s not optional. In today’s economy it’s a must.
Employers prefer to hire candidates they know, or those who have been recommended or connected to them in some way other than a resume in their inbox. In fact, a whopping 75 to 85 percent of jobs and internships are filled by people who’ve formed or found networking connections with employers, while the remaining 15 – 24% of positions are filled by people who apply through an employer website or job board such as Indeed.com.
Networking should take up 80% of the time you commit to a job or internship search.
Don’t know anyone? Think you have zero networking opportunities? You might be surprised. Start by talking to everyone you know about the internship you want. This means parents, family, friends, coaches, old high school teachers, and current professors (regardless of their field) — everyone. Professors in particular are often very well connected. Start off by doing that and you’re already networking.
Don’t forget, Hartwick alumni provide a great network right at your fingertips! Alumni can be a terrificway to get a foot in the door. Make an appointment with our Internships and Employer Relations Coordinator, to learn about how to access to our Hartwick Alumni network to get her one-on-one guidance on how to network like a pro.
Through the Hartwick Alumni Affairs office, we bring you another incredible program, T.A.S.T.E., which stands for ‘Take a Student Out to Eat.’ This gives students the chance to connect with alumni for a networking lunch, to discuss careers and conduct informational interviews with the support of Hartwick College.
Are you a member of Greek life? You have a unique bond with your alumni and easy access to reach out to them and look for professional support. When they return to campus for True Blue Weekend, make sure to exchange contact information with them so you can re-connect with them once everything quiets down. They will prove to be great mentors both in and outside of your time at Hartwick College.