Networking is about who you know. Learn strategies for getting connected to individuals in your personal network, GVSU alumni, and potential employers. Visit the Career Center website to see helpful videos about networking and career advice.
GVSU Career Contact Bank
Would you like to learn more about a particular career field, company or job function? Are you ready to begin developing and leveraging your professional network? Then join the GVSU Career Contact Bank, a searchable listing of over 500 alumni professionals who have offered to provide career advice and informational interviews to current students and fellow graduates.
The Career Contact Bank is a subgroup of the official GVSU Alumni Association group on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network. Students and alumni of Grand Valley register directly with LinkedIn and then are granted access to the GVSU Alumni Association group and the Career Contact Bank subgroup. Access to the groups is free, completely optional, and available only to approved members of the GVSU community.
LinkedIn is all about helping people identify viable business connections. If you're not finding the exact connection you are looking for in the contact bank, get creative! Don't be afraid to post a discussion asking for referrals; chances are someone will be able to provide a valuable recommendation.
It never hurts to have your résumé/CV ready while at networking events and to bring a few copies to your graduate or professional school interview. Also, giving your CV or résumé to your recommenders can help them to remember you and your accomplishments so they can write more specific recommendations.
If you don't currently have a LinkedIn profile, the following are great resources to help you get started! It could be very beneficial to connect with professionals in the field and ask them how they achieved the status they have now!
Or visit the LinkedIn Learning Center for simple, customized user guides for students, new users, and job seekers.
Source: GVSU Career Services