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Networking has always been an important part of the job search but now as organizations are more concerned about reducing recruiting budgets and retaining new hires, it is more important than ever to reach out and nurture your network. Things to keep in mind:

  • Start with your existing relationships, friends and family. Staying connected to your fellow MU alums is a great place to start.
  • Networking is a two way street; don’t overwhelm or exhaust your contacts. Start conversations in a congenial way, and approach career-related topics in terms of seeking advice or sharing experiences. It’s not all about learning about job leads; it’s about building and maintaining a relationship.
  • It is much easier to network when you have a specific career goal in mind. It helps you to focus your efforts and helps others to know better how to help you.
  • Find ways to give back. You may have valuable experience that you could share with others, including current Millikin students. Or pass a long a useful article to share to start a new conversation.
  • Stay positive. If you are in job search mode or considering a career transition, a positive attitude is key. Staying motivated and upbeat will attract others to you and encourage them to  work with you and for you.

Have a successful networking experience you want to share? Email Kristin Nisbet-White, and your positive experience could appear in a future article.

Live near campus? Visit Millikin's Career Center in Shilling Hall 103. Otherwise, check out their website at www.millikin.edu/career or email career-center@millikin.edu.

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