80% of all jobs are found through networking. The UvA Student Careers Centre can help you to find your own style in connecting with other people.
Networking is something we already do unconsciously. Everyone is part of a network of people. That network may include relatives, friends, fellow students, lecturers, your sports club or theatrical group, (former) board members, people you know through volunteering, colleagues past and present, fellow alumni, etc.
These people may be able to give you information about jobs or finding ones. Or they might know people who would be interesting to talk to. The people that know the people you know are often the most relevant. Speak to people who share an interest with you. You never ask for a job, but instead always ask for advice.
Would you like to learn how to find jobs through your network? If so, then come join the workshop entitled Most Effective Job Search Strategy.
Do you want to create a clear professional profile first, so that you can discuss it with others? Then you might also be interested in the ‘Discover what you want in work’ workshop.
LinkedIn is a great tool for online networking. Watch the video to find out how you can use LinkedIn to reach out to alumni in your field.
Make connections with fellow students and other people you've met during your studies. This network will come in handy later on in your career. You can also connect with people you haven't met yet. Always add a personal note so that the other person can evaluate whether he or she finds a connection worthwhile too.
Watch the video below to learn how to network with alumni through LinkedIn
If you would like to discuss your network with a career adviser, make an appointment with the UvA Student Careers Centre.