Some recent studies report that up to 80% of jobs are found through referrals. As a result, learning how to network and investing in time to build a strong base of professional connections is an essential part of your career search. Through networking, you can gather valuable information about prospective careers and companies, and hone in on those options which fit well with your interests, skills and values. Networking can also uncover opportunities which are not widely advertised, if at all; many positions are filled through a network of friend, alumni and professional referrals. Use the resources below to get started.
Tip: Remember, the immediate goal of networking is NOT to get a job interview - your contact is unlikely to know about available positions. Networking is about establishing professional relationships with people who can give you information and advice, and creating loose bonds with their contacts that may help you with your current search and future career.
Networking is a skill that improves with practice! The Office of Career Strategy offers numerous resources to help you learn how to make connections and build professional relationships.
Explore these ways to connect with alumni, potential employers, students and faculty to build your network.
Reach out to alumni through the Yale Career Network, a database of over 17,000 alumni
Connect with other students or postdocs through one of the many Yale campus organizations
Attend an industry networking event or employer information session
Establish and maintain a professional online identity, including a strong LinkedIn profile
Connect with fellow students and alumni during one of our summer events, in cities across the US