Networking

A key element to any job search is connecting and growing your network. This will help you learn more detailed information about the industries you're interested in and about potential openings that may not be advertised publicly. Not sure where to start? Follow the links below or schedule an appointment at the CDO.



CDO Handouts:
Creating Your LinkedIn Profile (PDF) 
Business Cards (PDF)
30 Second Pitch (PDF)
Networking and Informational Interviewing (PDF)
Networking Correspondence Samples (PDF)



Useful Links:

Goucher Professional Network (GPN)
Established through LinkedIn, the GPN is Goucher's online networking group that includes alumnae/i, students, faculty/staff, trustees, parents, and friends of Goucher.  The GPN can be tremendous resources as you refine your career goals, explore opportunities to intern or volunteer, and engage in job searching.  View the Goucher Professional Network page for more details on the GPN, and for information on setting up a LinkedIn profile. 

Informational Interviewing
This article from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives some very helpful tips about approaching and corresponding with potential contacts, as well as good questions to ask during an informational interview.

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a terrific resource for online, professional networking.  It provides a great opportunity to connect with professionals in various different fields and levels.  Sign up & create a profile to get started. LinkedIn Jobs can also be a useful tool to help you connect with employers that are looking for candidates that match your experience, jobs with your skill sets, and Goucher alumni working at those employers and in those jobs.

Networking Guide (from NYU Wagner)
This "how to" guide provides information about how and where to network.

Professional Associations
Links to professional associations for almost every field.

The Riley Guide
Riley Guide is an excellent source of information on professional associations and career options as well as what training and education is needed and where to get it. 

Weddles Association Directory
Professional associations and societies often operate websites featuring job boards, resume banks or other employment-related services. These can include job agents, banner advertising and discussion forums for networking. This Directory is specially designed to help you find those association sites. It is an extensive list of associations by their primary professional and occupational focus or industry of interest, and provides a link to their website.