Networking doesn’t have to be shrouded in mystery, nor does it have to be fake. Let’s say you work part-time at a non-profit whose mission you believe in. You would attend the non-profit’s events and talk to your friends and classmates about your job, right? Well, that’s networking. It’s connecting with people and really caring.

What is Networking?

Connecting with people (friends, family, professionals, acquaintances) who can provide information about:

  • Career Options
  • Full-time Career & Internship Openings
  • Industry Perspectives
  • Personal Development
  • Social Activities

The cultivation of productive relationships for employment, business and personal reasons is a two-way street!

Types of Networking

Call or Email to a Referral

  • Contacting someone you were referred to

Acquaintance at an Event

  • Beginning an impromptu conversation at a job fair, social occasion, conference

“Cold” Call or Email

  • Contacting someone you don’t know to establish a professional relationship

Chance Meeting

  • Striking up a conversation in a social or informal setting

Ways to Get Started

  • Reach out to family, friends, classmates, and connections from student orgs or previous jobs
  • Network with BBA employers and alumni at events and the Career Fair
  • Make connections on LinkedIn to expand your network and join the Wisconsin Alumni and Wisconsin Business Alumni groups
  • Connect with alumni through Badger Bridge

Importance of Networking

Did You Know?

  • Nearly 70% of all jobs are found through networking
  • At least 50% of jobs that are filled are never advertised
  • Most people have 250 contacts

Why Network?

  • Stay connected to key people and ideas
  • Boost your credibility
  • Establish professional friendships that you may call upon for action
  • Sharpen your perception of the industry you work in
  • Validate your career choices by investigating day-to-day experiences in the field
  • Learn interview skills w/out pressure of actual interview
  • Gain job leads (uncover the “hidden job market”)
  • Learn your industry’s “lingo”
  • Gain company information for a cover letter that will make a positive impression
  • Prepare for a future career with a particular firm