Approximately 70% of all jobs are found through networking! Most career counseling professionals estimate that at least 50% of the jobs that are filled are never advertised; so how do people find out about these opportunities? Current employees will often tell their networking associates when a position is opening and/or help those associates get interviews. With this in mind, you can see how valuable this step is in your job search.
Networking, in reality, is relationship building. The basics include:
- Build a contact management database of who you know
- Email contacts to prepare them for your request for a conversation
- Phone within 72 hours of requesting said meeting
- Conduct meeting/ informational interview
- Send thank you note
- Follow up one month later to update the contact on your progress
CareerShift allows you to search for contacts from millions of companies. You can search for contacts by industry, location, or keyword. Use your NetID and password to access the site.
Go IRISH is an excellent resource for locating Career Center contacts. Select the “Employers” tab and enter the name of the organization you are targeting into the keyword search. If the organization is in the Go IRISH system, it will come up in the search. Select the tab listing the organizations name. If there is a contact on file, it will be revealed in the lower right hand corner. This search mechanism allows students to locate contacts even if there are no current jobs or internships posted to the system.
Networking with Notre Dame Alumni
Notre Dame’s alumni are some of the most loyal alumni in the world. Connecting with alumni provides students with an excellent network of contacts. Finding alumni that work in a particular industry, at a particular company, or in a particular geographic region can all be helpful.
myNotreDame Alumni Networking System
Notre Dame students have full directory access to MyNotreDame the Notre Dame alumni database, by creating their own accounts.
Contact the Alumni Association (574) 631-6000 to inquire about access to the database.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site of more than 30 million experienced professionals. As a student, you can create a profile and joining the “Notre Dame Alumni Network” to instantly be connected with thousands of Notre Dame alumni.
Notre Dame Clubs
The clubs connect you with people in the specific geographic region you are seeking. Club websites allow students to seek out upcoming events that provide the opportunity to network with alumni – some sites even allow you to upload your resume and others even have job and internship postings. You can also try to connect with the young alumni representative of the club.
For more information, check out the networking guide