At business school we talk a lot about networking and reaching out to cold call people who might be able to help you with your professional research and goals. It is also important to leverage relationships with the people who already know you, your work and your capabilities.
The market and potential opportunities are constantly changing, so re-engaging and leveraging personal connections can help you obtain more real-time updates on potential leads. Because family members, friends, and past colleagues already know you so well, their introductions can be made easily. One of the most valuable resources a connection can share with you is access to individuals in their network, and personal connections are typically much more willing to do this because they know you well and trust you to interact with their network professionally.
Check out the articles below for more information on leveraging personal connections for your job search and make an appointment with your career coach in Handshake to talk through your strategy and approach.
- Do’s and Don’ts of Leveraging Family and Friends to Get Jobs
- How to Network at Family Gatherings
- How to Leverage Your Network to Land Your First Full-time Job