Networking


Networking is about making connections and gaining information. It’s also a great way to personally and professionally embed yourself into a community.


Network with Alumni

Search for GVSU alumni using the LinkedIn alumni tool to see where they live and work, and what they do. 

Attend Events

Employers are often on campus to attend events and share information with students. These are excellent networking opportunities with our many employer partners. 

Informational Interviews

An informational interview is simply a discussion with a professional who works in a role/organization/industry of interest to you. It's a great way to obtain information, establish connections and expand your network, and find potential opportunities.


WHAT TO DO BEFORE AND AFTER A PROFESSIONAL INTERACTION

BEFORE

Identify your own goals.  What are you hoping to learn during this conversation?  Is there information you are seeking or do you have a request for action?

AFTER

Follow-up is KEY!  Make a follow-up plan, and use it.  This could include calling, emailing, connecting on LinkedIn, or even scheduling another time to meet.  


Additional Resources

Work Like a Laker Podcast

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Our podcast is a great place to seek advice on networking - check out these episodes: Avoid the Awkward - How to Introduce Yourself; 5 Tips to Boost Your Job Search; How to Network When You Have No Network

Networking Videos

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Video advice on networking


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