Networking Samples (PDFs)
What Is Networking?
It’s building, creating and nurturing professional connections and relationships. It enables you to learn about different industries, careers, organizations and, at times, job opportunities. It is not simply acquiring business cards and adding names to your “LinkedIn” account – it is taking the time to getting to know people in the areas in which you are interested and staying in touch with them throughout your career.
Networking is considered the most effective way of finding a job – particularly in challenging economic times. Through networking you can uncover job opportunities that might not yet – or never - be posted on job-sites, or create an opportunity that did not previously exist.
How Do You Network?
The Art of Networking and Relationship Building Workshop
This presentation provides networking and relationship building tips to Yale College students seeking internships and jobs. Watch the presentation.
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Mastering Employer Events Workshop
This presentation provides advice to applicants for successfully navigating employer receptions, career fairs, and informational interviews. Watch the presentation.
- There are a number of domestic cities that host events throughout the summer, allowing students who are in those areas to participate and to engage with Yale alumni and other students. To learn more about those cities and to reach out to alumni, click here.
Sample informational interview questions:
- About the field: Are there any groups or professional organizations that I could become involved with? What publications would you suggest I read? What do you think are the biggest challenges in this area? Who do you think are the top organizations in the field and why?
- About the job search: Is my resume in the right format for this industry? What do people in this industry typically look for in a ________? What types of people do well in this field? Do you have any suggestions for how to find a job in this industry?
- Referral to others: You have been very helpful today. Can you think of anybody else that I could talk with who might be helpful? May I tell them you referred me to them?
Things to Remember
- Dress appropriately
- Be on time
- Be considerate of the other person’s time
- Be courteous and gracious
- Thank the person for their time
- Know what you want to learn from the contact. Don’t look to others to tell you what you can research on your own.
- Listen carefully and take good notes
- Ask for referrals and permission to use their name
- Be patient – meetings may be cancelled several times.
- Relationships are built over time – not in one interaction. Be sure to stay in touch.