Networking can feel overwhelming. But, we know that networking is powerful and a skill set that business school students around the world work hard to develop. Why? The Wall Street Journal reports that up to 80% of jobs are never publicly advertised but are instead obtained through the power of networking.
In an uncertain job market, such as the one we are experiencing today, this means utilizing the power of networking can prove to be essential to ensuring you are seen, and there are people in the company who can vouch for how great you are. So, how do you develop contacts at your target companies that can build advocacy for you in the job search process? Try starting with alumni!
Leveraging a shared connection, such as the educational institution or program you both attended, is a great way to build a relationship with individuals at your target companies. If you impress them with your professionalism in your outreach, the questions you ask and the research you have done, there is potential to build a lifelong relationship.
There are many great tools out there to help you navigate this process. Working with your coach, referring to your career class notes and looking for workshops on this important skill will help you feel confident to reach out to W. P. Carey champions and impress them. Schedule an appointment with your coach in Handshake, and check these out:
- LinkedIn Alumni Tool (Video)
- Networking on LinkedIn
- ASU mentor network
- 10 Best Templates for LinkedIn Connection Requests