Networking is connecting with people to expand your community and build relationships. It can be with people you know and those you want to meet to gather information about careers and job opportunities.
Meet new people, expand your network
Networking can happen in Career Exploration & Education workshops, events, industry panels and fairs (check the CLNx), through Backpack to Briefcase, by talking to alumni and by joining professional associations.
You can also connect with family, friends, peers, professors, past or current employers, neighbours, etc. to see if they know someone working in the field that you are interested in exploring. Ask for referrals to conduct informational interviews.
Here are a few more tips on expanding your network:
- Create a profile on LinkedIn and use social media to connect with U of T alumni, companies and people in your industry.
- Participate in mentorship programs.
- Join and become active in your industry’s professional associations (many have student membership rates). Attend the events, and consider volunteering.
- If you have graduated from U of T, participate in alumni events.
Don’t be shy about networking. If you are respectful and polite, most people are happy to help!
Use your network
Ask for referrals and update your network on your progress. Continue using social media and in-person networking even after you have secured a job. Maintain these connections. Fostering relationships throughout your career ensures you always have an available network to share information and leads.
Track your network
Every time you make a new contact, keep track of their contact information and record how you met them. If you connect with them on LinkedIn, you can record this information in their profile notes. Regularly update them on your progress and request new contacts.
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