Networking is all about discovering and utilizing connections between people and tapping into your circle of friends, family, professors, previous employers and Wake Forest Alumni. Remember, networking isn’t about schmoozing or begging for a job. Networking is about making connections to:
- gain information and advice about a career field, industry or organization,
- learn more about possible job opportunities,
- connect with more people who are doing the things you want to do, and
- tell people more about yourself.
Why is Networking Important?
Over 80% of jobs are not posted online and are obtained through networking. As you can see from the pie chart below, networking plays a critical role in 70% of jobs across the country.
Direct contact with people, preferably face-to-face, is one of the most effective ways to learn about career fields and discover internship and job opportunities. As you begin networking as part of your job or internship search make sure you set specific, attainable goals for yourself about what you want to accomplish.