Networking: [net-wur-king]
verb to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position

Network Or Not Work

Networking involves talking with people you know about the kind of job you are seeking. Remember: The more people you talk with, the more contacts you will make. There is a direct, positive relationship between the number of people who know you are job seeking and job search success.

Start with Your Friends and Associates

Networking starts with your current circle of friends and associates. Simply build and enhance this network by asking each friend to recommend two new people for you to talk to about your job search. Consider the last time you made a major decision, such as attending school at PUC, finding a new apartment, purchasing a stereo system or declaring a major. You made those decisions by researching the topic and talking with other people. Generally, the more people you talked to the more you found out – leading to a better decision! Apply the concept to employer research. You want to learn about potential employers – so talk to people.

Building Connections

Career Events on campus are designed to connect students with business professionals for potential internships as well as future employment opportunities. The following guide has been designed to help you prepare for networking events like career fairs, information sessions, networking events, as well as other career events you may be attending. Please remember that preparedness counts and you are not only representing yourself, but also Purdue University Calumet.

On behalf of The Career Center, we wish you the best in all of your future endeavors!

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