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Networking can be one of the most effective ways to find a job in your field of interest. It gives you an additional source of opportunities and an inside edge in today's job market. Developing a network can intimidate for a lot of students. Follow the guidelines listed below to become an expert at networking.

Advantages of Networking

Successful Networking Steps

Make a List

Develop a Plan

Start Networking

Follow Up

Networking at Social Events

One area that is especially effective is face-to-face networking at professional social events, such as conferences and business receptions.  Follow these simple guidelines to learn how to become a pro at "working the room".


Breaking In

The Handshake

The Art of Small Talk

Existing the Conversation

Eating and Drinking