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Networking for Success

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 80% of available jobs are never advertised. These jobs are part of what is called the “hidden job market".

Most people find these jobs because they have a network of connections. Using connections from your network isn’t “cheating.” It’s the best way to find work. Building a network of connections takes getting to know people, helping them, and letting them help you. And it goes on before, during, and after your job search. Job hunting simply makes the process more deliberate.

Question: With whom should you connect?
Answer: Everyone you know and meet.

In your student account, use the Networking for Success Activity to create your networking plan. You can find a PDF version of this activity and all other Career Center activities on the Student Activities page.