NETWORKING is about making connections and building relationships. By talking to people who work in certain fields or who are affiliated with schools that you're considering, you can gain knowledge about a particular career field, job type, or graduate school. It's a great way to learn what career paths are possible and what skills are needed in careers of interest, as well as for internship development, strategizing your job search, or post-graduate education planning. Networking provides an opportunity to gather valuable information in a low-anxiety situation while allowing you to make contacts in your field of interest. Here's how it can help you throughout the career development process:
• Explore Career Fields to gain insights and information that will help you choose a career and focus your job search.
• Find Job Leads to uncover the "hidden job market", where 70% - 80% of all professional jobs are obtained, while possibly giving you the inside track on interviews.
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• Build Your Career by continuing the networking process after you've started your new job or new career in order to enhance your skill base and keep you updated on trends in your field. Finding mentors to support your career growth and taking on active roles within a professional association will benefit you when making career transitions and seeking career advancement.
INTERVIEWING is a critical component of a job or internship search and practice is key! The key to successful interviewing is knowing who you are and knowing the organization with which you are interviewing. To prepare for any interview, you should:
• Do a Self-Evaluation - Know what you are looking for in a position by evaluating your values, interests, skills and abilities. Know why you want to work for each company you are interviewing with.
• Research the Organization -Before going to an interview, you want to learn more about the organization, specific department, and industry trends. You can find company information on the web, through the news, or from people who work there.
• Prepare and Practice - Review sample questions you might be asked and think about strategies to answer them. Consider questions you can ask the interviewer as well.
• Schedule a Mock Interview - Contact the CDC to meet with one of our professional staff members to help you sharpen your interviewing skills when applying to graduate school, for an internship or a full-time employment opportunity.
• Dress for Success - First impressions are extremely important to employers. Make sure you dress appropriately for the industry in which you want to work or intern.
• Communicate Professionally- Practice making good eye contact with the interviewer and offer a firm but comfortable hand shake. Listen carefully so you can respond appropriately to questions asked. Give the interviewer enough information to fully answer the questions without rambling or going off on tangents. Follow up with a thank-you note to show your appreciation for the interview.