Approximately 70% of all jobs are found through networking and at least 50% of these jobs are never advertised. So how do people find out about them? It's not as complex as you might assume - current employees will often tell their networking contacts when a position is opening up and will help those associates get interviews. With this in mind, you can see how valuable networking is in your job search.
For many people, the very mention of "networking" can produce anxiety. But in reality, networking can be an enjoyable process. Networking really comes down to relationship building. (You can find some inspirational ideas on our Networking Pinterest Board!) Some basic practices:
- Build a contact management database of who you know
- Email contacts to prepare them for your request for a conversation
- Phone within 72 hours of requesting said meeting
- Conduct meeting/ informational interview
- Send a thank you note
- Follow up one month later to update the contact on your progress
Go IRISH is an excellent resource for locating University of Notre Dame contacts. Select the “Employers” tab and enter the name of the organization you are targeting into the keyword search. If the organization is in the Go IRISH system, it will come up in the search. Select the tab listing the organization's name. If there is a contact on file, it will appear in the lower right-hand corner. This search mechanism allows you to locate contacts at an organization even if they have not posted any current jobs or internships in the system.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site for more than 30 million experienced professionals. As a student, you can create a profile and join the “Notre Dame Alumni Network” to instantly get connected with thousands of Notre Dame alumni. The LinkedIn Alumni Tool can also help. For more information, check out our page on developing your online presence through LinkedIn.
Notre Dame has some of the most loyal alumni in the world. Connecting with alumni provides students with an excellent network of contacts. Depending on your goals, you can find alumni that work in a particular industry, at a particular company, or in a particular geographic region. Notre Dame students have full directory access to MyNotreDame the Notre Dame alumni database, you'll just need to create an account. Contact the Alumni Association at (574) 631-6000 to inquire about access to the database.
The Alumni Association has launched a new resource called IrishCompass. In addition to increased opportunities for networking, discussions around various industry groups, and a job board highlighting experienced positions, a main feature of IrishCompass is its mentoring platform. Alumni can volunteer for short-term mentoring relationships with current students. To join, visit http://irishcompass.nd.edu.
Notre Dame Clubs
These clubs connect you with people in the particular geographic region you are seeking. Club websites allow students to find upcoming events that provide the opportunity to network with alumni – some sites even allow you to upload your resume and others have job and internship postings. You can also try to connect with the young alumni representative of the club.
- American Association of University Professors
- American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- American Economic Association
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
- Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)
- Modern Language Association
- National Association of Professional Women
- National Coalition of Independent Scholars
- National Postdoctoral Association
- National Society for Professional Engineers