The Importance of Networking
One of the most important things you can do is take advantage of opportunities to build professional networks with people already working in their field. Networking is the process of making contact with people who can keep you informed about job openings or introduce you to people who have the authority to hire you for the job you want.
Research suggests that networking is one of the most effective ways to land the job you want.
Anyone can be part of your network and networking can happen anywhere: airports, parties, conferences, alumni events and online. LinkedIn is a great forum for professional networking online. Facebook can be used to build your professional network, however, if you use Facebook, remember to keep your comments and photos appropriate. Be sure to get your own business cards with your name, email address and a contact phone number so that you can give them to people you meet.
A wealth of resources about professional networking can be found by exploring this free professional networking online library.
This Stepping Out website also has a list of many professional associations for you to explore.
Remember, be visible and actively seek connections within professional, social and community circles. Volunteer your services, and go to expos!