Networking and Job Search
The #1 job search strategy to a successful job search is networking. Approximately 75% of jobs are found by making personal contact.
- Networking is the key to accessing the hidden job market.
- Learn about future openings and opportunities before they are released to the general public.
- Connect and leverage your personal and professional contacts to connect you to job leads.
- Become an effective networker and market your personal brand.
While your job search strategy should be catered to your unique career pathway, there are some key basics for all job seekers:
- Start early! The job search is a job in and of itself. Give yourself plenty of time and manage your time wisely. It takes an average of 3-6 months to conduct a successful job search.
- Identify your goals and objectives by reflecting on your values, interests, personality, and skills; then connect those to potential job types, employers, and industries.
- Once you’ve identified the types of jobs and employers, research how to find and apply for those positions. Call the company, look online, connect with TWU alumni working at the company, and activate your network.
- Update your resume often and have your resume critiqued by the Career Connections Center.
- Conduct a frequent search for positions of interest in TWU Connect and create a “Saved Search” to email you jobs of interest.
- Attend job and career fairs to network with employers and learn about opportunities.
- Identify online internet resources related to your career industries and stay updated on the latest trends and happenings.
- Stay connected! Foster and maintain your connections with TWU faculty, alumni, and staff.
- Set weekly job search goals and hold yourself accountable! Keep a weekly log of applications, follow-ups, networking calls/meetings, and referrals.